The following are definitions from the Merriam- Webster dictionary.
excuse – something offered as justification or as grounds for being excused
reason – a sufficient ground of explanation or of logical defense
So what keeps you from church? Is it a reason, or is it an excuse? The two are not the same. A reason is something that physically keeps you from going. It could be disease, physical ailment, or a road blockage.
An excuse on the other hand is an attempt to justify not wanting to go. For example: emotional discomfort, dislike of other parishioners, don’t like the music style, too early Sunday morning, message seems to center on money, etc…
If it is a reason you are missing, reach out to a local church and ask someone to visit with you. Many churches have ministries that will travel to you and pray/visit with you. They may even have a mini-service for you.
If you are like most people, an excuse keeps you from church. Excuses are not valid, period. If an excuse is keeping you from joining God’s family, I only have one directive for you. Get your backside to church, and do it now, this week.
Don’t wait, this could be the last Sunday you spend on Earth. We are mortal beings with finite life. Once it is done, there is no do-overs, no mulligans.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25