I have always loved going to church. I think it has stemmed from such a great experience of community the church provided me from as young as I can remember. When I was really young, I remember going to Sunday School and learning songs that taught me about Jesus. I loved going to Wednesday Club, where children from all around the community would come together to sing, do craft and other activities.
In my teenage years there were youth bible studies to attend, where would chat into the late evening about God and life and building friendships.
I served on the worship team and experiencing the Holy Spirit lead me into His courts of praise. I remember Youth Group where we had faithful, caring, relevant and approachable leaders who taught us, not just about Jesus, but how to be disciples of Him. They also provided a crazy amount of fun.
In my early twenties, my heart for God seemed to grow exponentially. I adored Him and I experienced my heart long to follow and serve Him only.
If there was a church service on, then I wanted to be there. If there was a church event on, then I wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else.
If you had told twenty year old me (who had no husband or children or level of responsibilities that come with being an older adult) there would be a time in my life where I would struggle to go to church, it would have seemed unfathomable to me.
But it comes doesn’t it? Seasons change and at some point, it is highly possible that you will find yourself in a season where getting to church is hard. Or going to church is undesirable for some reason. You will find yourself in a season of life where there are legitimate and valid things going on in your life that simply make going or getting to church feel down right impossible.
So what then? What do we do when these seasons arrive?
Does it even matter if we go to church or not?
How do we discern the right steps to take?
How do we ensure we are leaving a legacy of faith especially through these seasons?