by: Andy Lawrenson
It’s hard to get going again sometimes.
I had created a good habit in my life. Every morning I would drop the kids off at school and head on down to the Y to walk on the treadmill to do a little cardio. It’s how my day started Monday through Friday. The treadmill is where I got my news for the day while I watched the TV to take my mind off the fact that I was actually exercising. It got to the point where I didn’t even have to think about it.
Then came the Pandemic. Everything shut down, including the Y. My kids no longer had to be dropped at school. The mornings were different, but before long, I felt the mornings were actually easier. No rushing around to get kids ready to leave. No hoping to get an open treadmill. I missed the treadmill, but I could still catch the news on TV. I decided to walk around our block every day. I did it a couple days, but I found life easier sitting on the porch, drinking coffee, watching the news, and starting my workday early. I didn’t even have to leave my porch. It became comfortable and convenient.
Months went by, and I realized I had to make a change. I had to start forcing myself back to the routine of going to the Y and then to the office to work; after all, the Y had opened up, so I had no excuse. I just had to get myself up and back into doing what I knew was best for me physically and really emotionally to get back to a sense of normalcy.
As churches come out of the shutdown, I think we will find many who can relate to my Y and office story. Let’s be honest. It’s effortless to sit in the living room, drink my coffee and watch the Livestream, and worship in my pajamas on Sunday mornings. Maybe it has become too easy, even too convenient.
Nags Head Church started to do the Livestream on the Big Screen. You could come down to the church on Sunday mornings and worship with others in the church watching the Livestream on the big screen. We are still limited to 50 in the auditorium, but it gave those who were ready to worship with other believers to come back together. The first week my family sat out, we “wanted to give room for others to sign up and attend.” Really, at home it was more convenient.
I realized that week, I had become spiritually lazy. There was no reason to keep my family from attending Livestream on the Big Screen. We aren’t in the high-risk category; we don’t have any elderly at home. We had no excuse other than worship in coffee, and the jammies had become easy.
I also thought, at first, Livestream on the Big Screen just won’t be the same. Honestly, worshiping at home on YouTube was a brand new thing to me; it wasn’t “the same” either.
Last Sunday, my family went to Livestream on the Big Screen. My youngest son was so excited to be going back to Nags Head Church’s building and worshiping with others. When I got to the church and sat down, and the music started, it felt great. I wondered, “Why didn’t we come last week?”. Oh, yeah, because coffee and jammies and the TV were just more convenient.
Honestly, corporate worship, coming together with other believers, isn’t always convenient. It doesn’t always fit best into our schedules; there are times we can find something else to do. Corporate worship is not about comfort and convenience; it’s about encouraging each other in our faith. It’s about being a healthy church.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25
If you aren’t in the high-risk category, I want to encourage you to be in church with other believers this coming Sunday morning. If your church has opportunities for you to serve in ministry again then roll up those sleeves and jump back in and serve.
It’s time to get back into the routine, to get back to the “normal”.