Christian churches need to start a church-attendance initiative. We’ve heard that lately about how busy the world is becoming and how much our families have been uprooted because of job loss or financial instability. It’s not just a child on the other side of the world or an international family who is in need of one.
Being successful church attendance can be achieved by strengthening our personal relationships.
It’s no longer the traditional prayer circle. Many more Christians are at a place where they want to take matters into their own hands.
They’ve been down a rough road but haven’t given up hope that they can rebuild their personal relationship with God. It can be frustrating when you are reaching out to others and they don’t feel it’s necessary to hear your prayers. And many times they will say they have a headache or are sleepy.
One way to help is to simply see them in their day to day activities. I call it “throwing stones” in the direction of people who are struggling. I call it a shot in the dark.
It doesn’t need to be too much of a nuisance. You can simply tell them that you recognize that it can be tough sometimes and the will to help would be appreciated. So it’s okay if they don’t want to talk to you now.
As they go on, you can begin to speak to them and pray with them that you’re going to go to church with them at least once a week. Just praying for them isn’t enough. You have to start doing it.
In the past I used to meet with my friend’s band to practice.
I’d brought along his guitar and we’d play together.
But I’d always work hard to get up early and listen to his practice sessions. Every morning, as he sang, I’d then decide what words to sing over the top. It was a great way to get my vocal chords ready for the day.
By doing this, I did the same thing, but on a different level than most of the others on the basis of my relationship with him. He was a musician, so it wasn’t like he was trying to impress me. But I felt inspired every morning when I got up and sang for him.
And so the next time you find yourself in a similar situation, remember to sing with them every morning and at night. Singing for them can be a new experience. It’s a great way to get in touch with that part of yourself and the music.
It may be difficult at first to sing the words out loud and watch your voice tremble a bit.
- But over time you’ll get the hang of it. You can really make a big difference when you sing with someone who is in need of your help.
- And when you make that connection with another, it’s going to be easier to stay involved with them.
- Because they’re singing for you, too. All it takes is a little time and effort. Good luck.