When Going to Church Feels Hard

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Sometimes, dragging yourself out of bed on a Sunday morning and going to church is the last thing you want to do. Sometimes, you’d rather roll over and hit ‘snooze’.

There can be lots of reasons.

Maybe it’s that one person you can’t face. Maybe you’ve been going six months and still don’t feel welcome – or you’re afraid you’ll be roped in to more serving.

Whatever it is, sometimes going to church is hard. Here are five things that might help:

#1 Identify lies

I’m quick to believe my feelings – it doesn’t even matter if I go to church - nobody notices! We can make decisions about church based on things that aren’t true.

But ask yourself: am I believing my heart or God’s word? The Bible says we are all useful in the body of Christ, even if we’re the little toe (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).

#2 Remember what church is

Church isn’t a building where you go on a Sunday. Church is your family (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). It’s God’s chosen way of building you into spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4).

#3 What about others?

It’s easy to look inwards. But hang on – even if you don’t feel like going to church, why not go to encourage others? This is a way of demonstrating Jesus’ outward-looking love:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. Hebrews 10:24–25

#4 Reach out

We’re not on this journey alone. Be honest with a friend so that there’s someone who can text you at 8:00am: ‘see you there?’

#5 Pray

God knows it’s hard, and he helps you through the door on a Sunday – he promises daily bread (Matthew 6:11). So why not ask him for it and see what happens?