The kids and their mom always went to church weekly.
One Sunday when Mark was 10, he said he wanted to stay home and watch TV with Dad.
His mother quietly said, “Go get dressed.”
“But Mom, I don’t wanna go! I wanna stay home with Dad!”
“Go on. Get dressed, she said.” When his father left the room, she quietly said, “You get dressed right now or you’ll be sorry!” He did.
All the way to church she lectured: “Don’t ever do that again! We do not go to church to have a good time. We go because we need to go. Church is the only place in the world where we fit in. Your father is not a believer and we cannot expect him to act like one. You are a believer. We love Dad and we want him to be saved so he can go to heaven someday and be with Jesus. We need to help him by setting a good example.
“If we stay home this Sunday, then it’ll be easier to stay home next Sunday and the Sunday after that it’ll be even easier. Then something will happen. Then it will begin to be natural to stay home and difficult to get back into the habit of going to church. Satan wants us to stay home. We cannot give in to Satan and let him control us.”
She went on like this until they drove into the church parking lot. Finally Mark spoke up and very diplomatically said, “Mom, you sure would make a good Sunday school teacher!”
He never again asked to stay home.
- And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
- MY FRIEND – Words by D.J Higgins, Music by Kathleen
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