Lionel Richie has a song called "Easy" and its main line is "I'm easy like Sunday morning".
Ha. Every time I used to hear that song I'd think 'that man doesn't go to church. If he did he'd written the words "I'm easy like Saturday morning." or "I'm easy like my day-off morning." '
Where am I going with this?
Well, I used to envy Lionel and his song. I mean, imagine staying home from church ... and just relaxing... (and not feeling guilty about it).
Then came a few years ago. . . when I started realizing just how much of my Christianity was done out of duty. And duty can lead to major burnout ... which it did. And that lead to understanding why I envied Lionel and his song so much.
Why am I saying all of this?
Well, recently I got to thinking about a few years ago, when I got on the slippery slope of doing everything out of duty and obligation, instead of love, and just started getting so tired of everything Christian (which is bad when you're the preacher's wife!) ...and how one day my pastor/husband and I sat down and I voiced my yucks about all the stuff that went into church life.
Whoa. He didn't give me a sermon (which I would have inwardly rolled my eyes at). He DID get the Bible out and pointed to Galatians 5:1 -- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Then he said, "Nancy, why don't you quit everything. Stop going to church. Quit reading your Bible. You're free."
Well, long story short, I didn't quit church completely.... but I did quit being everybody's everything there. .... and I FOUND MYSELF. ... and GOD AGAIN. And it wasn't just out of doing stuff so God wouldn't not like me.
Now I love Sunday mornings at church.
Oh they're not 'easy' like Saturday mornings.
But they're WONDERFUL.
Lesson to me: if my walk with Christ becomes a burden, well, then I'm no longer walking with Christ, I'm walking in bondage.
That's my sermon for this Sunday morning.
Now I'll get ready for church!