“I rejoiced with those who said to me,’Let us go to the house of the LORD’ (Psalm 122:1).”
Baseball is one of my favorite spectator sports, so this spring I bought a ticket plan for the games of the local minor league baseball team. Many of the games are late on Sunday afternoon.
My son also has a kid’s pass that allows him to go any time, including “Kids Eat Free Sundays”. Therefore, we have hit many of those Sunday games so the boy can enjoy his hot dog, chips and soda pop.
Sunday there was a game coming, and as usualy I had planned to go. However, something gave me pause.
The issue that had come to roost in my consciousness is the fact that our church home group meets during game time on Sundays. In an unusual move for me, I decided to ditch the ball game this weekend in favor of church.
This is because I see the benefit of going. My wife, kids and I really need a church family.
The particular church we are going to do now has been wonderful to us thus far. The pastors have taken great interest in our well being, for example.
Football season is coming, too. I know that all over the nation some pastors are gearing up for men being gone from their congregations so they can view the gridiron games on Sundays.
This is not a new issue, but it has become one for me for the first time. I used to not really care if one of my favorite sports events interfered with church. I opted for the sports. I figured I could go any old Sunday.
However, in my current life, I basically need to be at the church door every time it opens, especially when it has activities which will improve my marriage and family life. Thus, church over sports it is.
Perhaps it is no accident budget issues keep me from going to and viewing my favorite sports. Gas isn’t cheap these days and the ballpark isn’t that close.
In addition, my satellite TV subscription isn’t exactly a price buster either. We just moved, they want more money to install the needed stuff, and I am balking. So our TV is not operational at the moment. Woe is me, because the National Football League season is upon us.
It may be God is engineering things so my family and I are in church. After all, the Scriptures credit Jesus with the statement ” “Zeal for your house will consume me (John 2:17).”
God is passionate about fellowship with His people. I should be, too.
Where else can get the wisdom I need to live life as God wants me to. It surely will not come from my own brain or those without God (Proverbs 2:1-15).
I will know I am on the right track when I get more joy about being at my new church home with God’s folks than at the park or in front of the tube watching my favorite teams and athletes. I’m not there yet, but I am ready to take the steps I need to end up there.