Sunday mornings are NOT for the faint of heart! The “Sunday morning struggle” is SO REAL!!! I had this conversation with a parent of three recently that said there’s a very simple explanation. It’s the devil! It seems like everything goes wrong on Sunday morning, doesn’t it? Bad attitudes, spilled chocolate milk on the ONLY clean shirt, no breakfast food in the house, no clean clothes, no gas in the car…you name it, it happens on Sunday. The kids don’t have to be at school by 8:00 and they don’t have a soccer game. Sunday School starts at 9:45, but we still can’t get there on time because of that darn “Sunday morning struggle.” We barely make it to church at 11:00! Believe you me! I’ve been there!!!
What gets you through? What gets you to church on Sunday? Perseverance? Prayer? Responsibilty? Whatever it is, be proud that you’re getting it done! It’s just plain hard. God never promised that it would be easy. In fact, in 1 Peter 4:12-13 it says “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. (The Message) God did say that it is important to come together and worship. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things. We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming. (GW)
A book that might be helpful or encouraging on this subject is “Parenting in the Pew.” I read and participated in a group study on this book when my children were small. It helped me in many ways to see how beneficial and special it is to worship with your children on Sunday mornings. The Sunday morning struggle is just one of many struggles in our weeks, but hopefully church will be soft place to fall (once you get there). You and your children will be fed with scripture, encouragement, friendships and guidance. Experiencing that worship together as a family (no matter how chaotic) will be something that you can’t get anywhere else and you will treasure forever.
See you Sunday!