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Psalm 35:18 GW I will give you thanks in a large gathering. I will praise you in a crowd of worshipers.
This morning I dressed up. In a while we'll drive to our little church (at least we will if Keith gets back in time from being called to work). I can say it is to be encouraged for another week, but once the opening worship songs end, my husband and I follow the line of eager children to classrooms where we teach God's principles to children, many of whom have severe family dysfunctions.
Feel good motivations quickly tarnish under the onslaught of the battle we face to share Christ, week after week.
Church, as the Christian walk of faith, I've learned, is not about feeling good, but about obedience--doing what God asks, regardless of feelings, standing for truth regardless of cost and doing so with an attitude of grace and humility.
If I attend church to feel good or to stroke my ego, I'll miss out on what God in His wisdom has for me to learn. That may mean serving instead of sitting, sharing instead of absorbing. Most of all it means church is not about me, but about Him and what He wants for me.
Help me worship, Lord, with a spirit of humility, willing to stay and serve where You, not I, direct. Amen.