Life is a series of seasons: childhood, teen years, dating, being single, college, getting married, having children, and having grandchildren. My personal story is that through every season, I have had moments where I put God first and gathered in His name and other moments where I put Him maybe third or 10th or 99th and gathered in the name of something else, like security or fun.
There was a particular time where I was just dragging and felt like I wasn’t doing anything for the right reasons. I asked a friend to help me figure out what was going wrong in my life. He asked me, “When was the last time you just came to church to worship, took notes while the pastor was preaching, and just enjoyed the time you had with the Lord and with other people?”
I was low on passion because I wasn’t devoted. I was doing things for God but I wasn’t doing them for the right reasons. There have been times when I sat in a seat at church and looked at my friends and family and thought, “I could literally change the world with these people.” In those times, God was first. He was my passion. He was my everything.
As we enter this new year, remember that church is an opportunity to devote yourself fully to God, to gather together in a community of people, and to feed off of their strength.