Really Want It?

I have been thinking a lot about how we are very good at doing things that we really want to do. If you don’t know this about me already, I am a huge basketball fan. The NCAA Basketball Tournament a.k.a. March Madness is one of my favorite things every year!

When our daughter was born, and it was Final Four weekend. In a moment of very limited foresight, I planned a Final Four party with our college students at our campus ministry. To my defense, my wife was due about 10 days before the Final Four. I thought we would have a baby, be home from the hospital for several days, and I will still be able to go to the Final Four party. Our due date came and went, and the Final Four was getting closer.

To complicate matters, our town endured a F-5 tornado that destroyed our hospital in Americus, GA in the weeks before our daughter was born. We had to go to the hospital in Albany, GA which is about an hour away to deliver our new baby. We stayed the night before in a hotel, and we arrived at the hospital on Friday morning at 6:00am. After 12 hours of labor (yeah, my wife is one tough lady), we welcomed our baby girl into the world a few minutes past 6:00pm on Friday night.

The Final Four started on Saturday night. Well, my wife and daughter were in the hospital until Sunday. Guess what this first time dad did on Saturday night? The wise thing to do would have been to stay at the hospital. What I actually did was the Final Four party, because I really wanted to go! I am so thankful for my incredibly strong, beautiful, sacrificial, and gracious wife who forgave me for falling short of what I should have done.

Human beings are really good at doings the things they really want to do. Pastor Mike shared from Barna Research that 32% of practicing Christians have stopped attending worship, whether in-person or online, during this season with COVID-19. It is mind-blowing to me that so many believers would stop worshipping with their church family in a time such as this.

Whenever we don’t worship God regularly with our community, we are on a sure path to drifting away from God. Shouldn’t we strive to follow God as closely as possible? We desperately need each other to be faithful followers of Jesus. Worship is one of the vital ways that we walk with Jesus together. Pastor Mike reminded us of Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

I believe that we realize that we should come together for worship and encourage one another. But do you really want to do what we should do? I hope that we will not trade what we should do for something less than God’s best for us.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

No Comments