Each week, Lisa-Jo gives us one word to write on for 5 minutes flat. It's been a great exercise for me to learn to gather my thoughts quickly. Our word for this week is ...JOIN.
Sometimes it can be easier to sit on the sidelines. To be an observer and not join in.
I think of the years when I didn't want to join a church. It was easier to watch what I called Church TV each Sunday. I could hear a positive uplifting message and be good for the week. What I realized though is that I really wasn't growing in my faith.
The first time I attended my church, I sat on the back row not wanting to be noticed. I had to check this out but wasn't sure about it. Two ladies sat in that area and when the pastor asked us to greet one another, they immediately came over to me and reached out their hands. They introduced themselves as Snow and Frost. That was their last names and I could never forget their kind friendly faces. I decided to come back the next Sunday and the next. Each time Snow and Frost would be there looking for me. When I missed a Sunday and came back the next, they told me they missed me.
So many people say they don't want to join a church. After all, they are all a bunch of hypocrites they say. But after joining myself, I realized that we all have our own pain and hurts and ways of dealing with them.
I gained so much by joining my church.
- I learned from my pastor as he preached from the Bible
- I became involved in the lives of others
- I felt the love of other believers who prayed for me
- I was able to worship God together with other believers
- I was encouraged in my walk of faith
Blessings and love,