“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

So Much for So Little

March 10

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend in attending church services? If not, perhaps these figures will interest you. If you go to a place of worship every Sunday morning during the year, and the round trip takes 2½ hours, you are spending a little less than 1½% your time in that worthy activity.

Aha, you may be saying, that small percentage figure is based on 24 hours per day, but remember, we have to sleep some time.

Okay, let’s allow eight hours of sleep per night and recalculate. Multiply 16 hours per day times 7 days and divide that into 2.5 hours, and the percentage is still less than 2¼%. Whatever else you may say about regular church attendance, the arithmetic is in its favor. When you consider the good effect that that 2¼% can have on the other 97¾% of our waking hours, the bargain becomes incalculably great. And that’s before taking into account how this simple habit can profoundly help achieve two of the greatest goals we can have — eternal life for ourselves, and leading our children in that same direction.

So let’s not strain one another’s credulity by pleading time as an excuse for poor attendance habits. Let’s try to took at the real reason, whatever it may be — and then, with God’s help, work on correcting it.

And let our religion be not just a once-a-week happening but a daily consecration to the Lord. How about asking him to help you now, then live the words of an old song, “Take my life and let it be / Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.”

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