What excuses have you used for not attending meetings?
Judges 6:11-16 One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of God appeared to him and said, “God is with you, O mighty warrior!” Gideon replied, “With me, my master? If God is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all the miracle-wonders our parents and grandparents told us about, telling us, ‘Didn’t God deliver us from Egypt?’ The fact is, God has nothing to do with us–he has turned us over to Midian.” But God faced him directly: “Go in this strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian. Haven’t I just sent you?” Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.” God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”
I read that the top five reasons for absence from church are:
1. I work so hard all the week that when Sunday comes …
2. When I was a kid, I was made to go to church three times a week, and so now …
3. Visitors came to our house just as we were getting ready.
4. I came twice and not a soul spoke to me.
5. I don’t have anything suitable to wear.
Regular attendance at meetings is an important part of the recovery process. Over my 30 years in recovery, I have seen numerous people relapse. All with one thing in common they stopped going to meetings and justified stopping with many varied excuses.
Building a Support Network is a requirement of lasting, growing, healthy recovery. Don’t become one of the many people who has relapsed because they felt justified in their excuses. Keep coming back! It works if you do….