My husband and I have been going to the same church for around 17 years now. We have been married for almost 20 years! Our church has had some changes recently and it has made me sit back and think, “Is this what I want for our family?” We changed our youth minister and associate minister pretty close to the same time. I don’t particularly like change. I have wrestled with leaving the church or hanging in there. Also, other things have bothered me how our church has changed things.
While I was praying about this, something came to mind. How I feel about my church is a lot like my relationship with my marriage. When our marriage gets stagnant we change what is going on to revive it. There are disappointments in a marriage because we are all human. Our marriages have to have each side contribute so no one is doing all of the work. We choose to stay with our husband and cultivate our relationship. It’s not always greener on the other side. My husband is always there for me!
We should view our church the same way. When our church gets stagnant, pray to revive it. When you have disappointments in how the church is going, remember that we are all human. Everyone should contribute so not just a few are working. Changing churches isn’t always the answer. There will be a problem eventually with the new church. My church is always there for me!
When comparing the two I realized how precious both are to me. My husband and church family are my support system. I encourge you to find a church family to be with you through your ups and your downs.
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