Get more out of your church attendance

“Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest.” (GOD’S WORD® Translation Galatians 6:7)

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (KJV 2 Corinthians 9:6)

I go to three hours of services at my church every week. I’ve been doing this for the past 33 years. Recently, I’ve been struggling with feeling bored. The topics are not new, and usually they are presented in the same ways. There’s even a pretty strict curriculum which ensures uniformity across a worldwide church. This is great for making sure you don’t have too much variation, but it can also lead to a lack of variety.

I was discussing this with my wife, and she reminded me that you get out whatever you put in. I’ve been focusing on putting more into things for the past couple weeks, and boy is it true! The more focus and attention I can place on the meeting, or on getting answers to the questions that concern me, the more I get out of the meetings.

In the past, I’ve excused not getting much out of church because I am the father of small children, and I usually spend a lot of time focused on keeping them from running (or crawling) around the chapel.

Today was stake conference (a 2-hour block with no break-out sessions), and in spite of being responsible for keeping 3 kids under control, I was able to focus a lot, and as a result, I got a lot out of it. One of the factors may have been that I left my phone at home (which I highly recommend). Mostly though, I was just focused on being present. It felt wonderful and refreshing, and I’m going to keep working on focusing better in the future so I can reap the benefits.

I think I’ll try to keep my Sunday postings to something of a spiritual nature. Let me know what you think.