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I don’t know why it’s so hard to get to church on time.
I DO know…we have an enemy, Satan, whose #1 objective is to disrupt our spiritual progress.
And you know how I can prove this? Give me a 10am woman’s event with my girlfriends or a 9am blog conference and I’m there with my makeup on and my coffee in hand! I know how to be somewhere on time…so how can we push back against the spiritual war going on that keeps us from getting to church on time?
Five Ways to Stop Being Late for Church
1. Realize What You Are Missing
Church happens every week, so it’s easy to take it for granted. And unlike work, no one is telling us to clock in or clock out at a certain time.
But if you start thinking about what you are missing out on in those first few minutes of church you might start really wondering what’s at stake.
Let’s pretend that you miss roughly 20-30 minutes of church, like I do, most Sundays.
You are missing out on two important things:
Some of our most powerful tools are being around other believers and lifting up God’s name in praise.
Hmmm…sounds a little fishy. Two of the things that strengthen our faith THE MOST, we just “happen” to miss out on?
Cell phones/tablets are also hand-sized procrastination tools on a Sunday morning…even for us adults!
Many times I’m so busy checking in with email, Facebook and messages that I am not doing MY job of making sure everyone is ready to go to church!
After that alarm goes off, put the phone away until later. Almost everything on it can wait.
You could always make electronics the incentive to getting ready faster if you make a NO ELECTRONICS UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR SHOES ON AND ARE IN THE CAR rule.
I know that would work in my family!
4. Assign Jobs
Major newsflash: Dad/Mom doesn’t have to do it all on Sunday morning.
Caveat: Dad/Mom do have to assign jobs if they want things done.
A good friend of mine recently told me, “Somebody means Nobody.”
When you say, “Somebody close the door!” Be prepared to go shut it yourself because you basically said, “Nobody close the door!”
When you assign jobs, it creates responsibility; and therefore, action.
Depending on your family dynamic, you can assign permanent jobs like: Naomi always gets the baby ready for church. Ben has to clear the breakfast table. OR you can assign duties on an as-needed basis throughout the morning. Whatever works for your family and helps you get to church!
For example, when I have a baby I don’t attend church for the first two months of their life to avoid all the hands and sickness (we spent 7 days in the hospital with RSV for my 8-day-old son because of exposure during cold/flu season). After that I go to church but don’t mind being a little later in order to avoid touching, but eventually I have to pony up and get myself to church so I can receive the much needed infilling of the Holy Spirit that comes with being in fellowship with others and corporate worshiping.
What Plagues Your Sunday Morning Routine?
I think one of the biggest hindrances to getting to church on time is not know what habits are causing us to fail at getting their.
Dive in and figure out what’s the biggest problem with your early morning routine and fix it!
Make it a family affair. Gathering everyone to discuss what could be done to improve your Sunday morning activities will make everyone more likely to stick with a new program. You can reconvene as often as necessary to gather feedback and new improvements.
Comment below if you have any tips for getting your Sunday morning best on and out the door!
Head covering Christian woman who loves good coffee and stinky cheese. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my seven children (5 girls, 2 boys).
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