I don’t like to miss church. But it’s not that I think God requires me to be there every single Sunday. It’s because I’m afraid that if I stay away two or three Sundays in a row, it might be hard for me to go back. That’s how people stop coming to church. They miss one Sunday, and then two, and then then three, and then four in row. At that point, it is hard for them to go back, so they just don’t. The next thing they know, it’s been years since they have been to church. But this concept doesn’t just apply to church. I’ve found that when I’ve been away from work for a while, either due to illness or an extended vacation, it’s really hard to come back.
I absolutely dread getting up and going to work after I’ve been out for a while. I’ve had former coworkers of mine just stay out so long that they decided not to come back. And this concept also applies to things like brushing one’s teeth or going to the doctor or dentist. I know a lot of people with bad teeth, and it started with the fact that they missed brushing their teeth several days in row and/or skipped a few dental appointments until they just stopped brushing and/or seeing their dentist. And I know people who are in bad health due in part to the fact that, at some point, they decided that they didn’t need to see their doctor on a regular basis anymore. So, when you fail to attend something you should be attending or you skip out on doing something positive that you’ve been doing for years, you are taking a big risk.