But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15b KJV)

When I was young, vegetables were not an option. Vegetables were negotiable, but not an option.  My mother would say “before you get up from the table you must eat at least three carrots, carrots are good for your eyes.”  “Before you get up from the table, you must eat at least four string beans” and the list goes on and on. I could have sat there for an hour or two minutes, but I knew I was not going to get up from the table until I ate a few of my vegetables.  The same application was applied to attending Sunday school and Sunday Morning worship service, it was not an option.  My mother said, “as long as you live here, we will serve the Lord.”  I tried everything in the book, my little imagination could attempt in getting out of attending Sunday service.  I thought service was to long, I could not stand my mother shouting, I was embarrassed and I came from a home where she said no one warms the pew in this house, you will participate in one of the church ministries.  I thought she was the worse, but what a difference a day makes. Listen, do I like everything about church absolutely not; I do not like everything about running a business, paying taxes, dealing with employees etc.. but I am glad that my mother did not allow me to run my own show, what did I know at such a young age; I did not pay my parents adult bills or have the weight on their shoulders that I now have on mine; because of my faith and relationship with Christ, I have allowed God to bear my burdens, the great hymn of the church says “I must tell Jesus I cannot bear these burdens alone… Jesus will help me Jesus alone.”

 The African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child, it really does and the church is a part of the village especially historically in the black community.  There were so many things that I could call to memory as I moved through life that kept me and gave me wisdom to navigate life’s challenges that I learned from church.  My brothers who do not even attend church on a regular basis accept for one of them, will admit to you they are grateful for the parental guidance given to them by our parents.  My previous Pastor said if church is good enough for you, why is it not good enough for your children.  My son is now trying everything in the book to get out of going to Sunday school and worship service.  I laugh to myself but guess what, it is not an option.  The older saints would say you will need and call on God before God needs you, just live a little.  God Bless