When I was in high school, and then even into college, I lived for the weekends. “What are you doing Friday and Saturday night?” was a common question. Often, those nights were spent hanging with friends, playing ball, watching movies, or various other activities. I was never one to go out and “party” or do anything stupid, but I was one that loved to stay out late.
I would most often find myself, especially in college, staying out till curfew, and then going back to my room, hanging out with my roommate, playing video games, talking, or playing cards till the wee hours of the morning. It was okay though – I didn’t have class the next day. On Saturday night, we’d do it all over again. It was okay though – I didn’t have class the next day.
I ended up sleeping through Bible class, waking up about 10 minutes before worship, and we would run over to the church that met right next door, sneak in, and get settled right before worship began. I have to tell you – I don’t think I could have told you one thing that happened during any of those services.
I wasn’t encouraged. I wasn’t uplifted. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel like I had worshipped. I knew I had not given it my all. Sure, I was there. At least, physically I was there. But mentally, I was still fast asleep, my mind was not awake, and I really didn’t care about what I was doing.
Fast forward 15 years. Are things any different?
I’m not suggesting you cease all your Saturday activities, and stay at home meditating with your legs crossed and humming the Old Rugged Cross all day. I AM suggesting that maybe you make sure that you get home at a decent hour, with time to calm down before bed, and spend some time Saturday evening focusing on the cross.
When you have a big presentation at work, or have a major test at school, or anything else similar – you usually spend the night before preparing. I don’t think we spend enough time preparing to go and be with our church family on Sunday morning. For so many of us, we wake up just in time to throw an outfit on, rush the family out, and show up 10 minutes late. While its great you’re there, and its better you’re there than not there, ask yourself – are you ready to worship? Are you ready to learn about God’s love and grace and mercy?
On Sunday morning, how prepared will you be to sit in the presence of God surrounded by brothers and sisters while singing and listening and encouraging? Tonight, make sure you plan your evening around your Sunday morning plans. It may just make your Sunday morning awesome.