When do you decide?

It’s 6:45, and the alarm just went off… for the second time. Do I get up, or not? I really don’t want to, but I get up anyway.

I make my way to the coffee pot, after a detour in the bathroom. The coffee’s ready, because I programed it to start last night. I go out for the paper, and sit down to read.

I don’t have time to read it all, because I ignored the first alarm. If I’m going to work, I better get ready. I decide I ought to go, so I head for the shower. Somebody else has to get the kids up.

They don’t want to get up either. They had a busy weekend, and got to bed late last night. Yeh, it’s a school day, but they need their sleep.

Oh well, I guess they should go. And the bus will be here in fifteen minutes. Brush your teeth, pull on some clothes, eat a Pop Tart, and out the door you go.

What’s wrong with the above pictures? I imagine everything sounds pretty normal for a Monday morning, except for the “If I’m going to work”, the “I decide I ought to go”, and the “ I guess they should go”, parts.

Truth be told, the decision to go to work and to school was made a long time ago. We really don’t have a choice to make when the alarm goes off…the second time. We have to get up. And the kids have to catch the bus, or we’ll be late for work.

Now it’s a Sunday, and the routine is similar, except for some of the details. And the fact that I really am going to decide whether to go or not. After all, I don’t have to go to church. Or do I?

Tina and I were talking last week about church attendance, and she mentioned that shortly before she and Mark were married he told her, “We’re not to be like those who decide on Sunday whether to go to church or not. We’re deciding now to go to church on Sundays.” Perhaps he had read in Hebrews 10:25 that we’re not to forsake our assembling together, as is the habit of some.

So what’s your habit on Sunday morning? When do you decide to assemble together with your church family? Do you wait for the alarm, or have you already decided?

God Bless, RickE

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