Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Don't You Go to Church Anymore (part 1)?

It is a question I have asked a few people and there are a myriad of answers; which, if we were really being honest, a bunch of excuses for not doing what you know is good for you.

Even that doesn't make sense because we do everything else (practically) that's supposes to be good for us having retained the understanding for that. We know and have learned to eat food that is nutritious. It doesn't necessarily have to taste good but when we understand that it is good for the health of our physical bodies, we develop the taste for it and eat it anyway. Every once in awhile we'll taste a fast food item but we have also learned the more we stay away from those things that aren't good the less we crave the taste for them.

This would also be true with getting regular dental check ups and physicals. The dentist/doctor tells us what we have been doing wrong and if this or that doesn't change then there will be some harsh repercussions. What happens? Eventually, change occurs. It start with making the decision to do so. Once the decision is made everything else follows that decision.

That decision, if a good one, influences other matters in our lives. if the decision is to lie in bed and sleep rather than getting up and extra hour early to exercise then you cannot be upset with the results. If the decision is to lounge/bar hop until the wee hours knowing you have a presentation in the morning, whose fault is that? If the decision is to keep clutter at a minimum by giving clothes or household items away that you haven't used in years then the result is having an orderly home that is easy to manage and maintain.

Decisions are easy to make once we have the knowledge and understanding so what is decided can be of quality rather than made from pressure. There are no regrets when understanding and knowledge are in place. When we know that it is good, we simply do it. (Hosea 4:6 NIV), (Proverbs 18:21 AMP), (Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV)

Why Don't You Go to Church Anymore (part 2)?

Doctors say that excercise releases certain endorphins. Endorphins are hormones in the body which makes us feel good. These endorphins also motivate some people to keep a regiment of some sort of physical activity. Haven't you heard some say that when they don't exercise, they feel blah? They have gotten use to the endorphin release and are trying to keep that feeling. It is better and much healthier than trying to get a pseudo-euphoric feeling that alcohol/drugs can only temporarily give.With drugs/alcohol the side effects oppose endorphins which then also regulate sound decisions. Feeling food or escaping reality is what an addict/alcoholic think about and the results follow.

Recently a study of endorphins also found that taking a vacation from time to time also causes the mind to rest. Those who vacation do better in school, work, and home. Getting away from the daily grind just to have fun cleanses the mind and is health to your body. This would also be true (in smaller increments) in getting a good night's sleep (to bed before 11:00 p.m. and to be up and alert no sooner than 5:30 a.m.), as well with allowing 1 day to rest within a week. That is 6 days of work and 1 day not to do anything but relax. What happens? Endorphins!

Isn't that what we like from life - to feel good? Does it really have to be hard or can we have days of knowing we have done good toady? Believing or thinking that life has hardships when we understand that good decisions make good results just doesn't make sense. Yet if we think it without making the effort of research for ourselves then who is to blame? Aren't we responsible for what we do? (Proverbs 15:28 KJV) 

Why Don't You Go to Church Anymore (part 3)?

Responsibility is a crossroads for some. It is a poressure that the unequiped try to escape. we see this in family/divorce court, jail houses, bars, and on street corners. Life is hard for them because of what they believed, a decision was made, and the result followed. It doesn't feel good, there are no endorphins, and saying what they hate is more likely then enjoying all whart could have been.

Regret (guilt, remorse, low self esteem, despair, grief, discouragement) come when people get to their lowest point. Some rely on superficial means (alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, brawls, etc.) to get from their slump. These things don't work. Others come to a place where there is levity or at least a means to be happy. Studies have been done about having faith in someone bigger than ourselves. Just knowing that the pressures of life not being on our backs is in of itself a release off of our minds. The poverty in the world, war, the children without parents, thieves, prostitutes, drug addicts, car crashes, cities in ruin, the recession, scandalous politicians, influential celebrities with sorted lives, was just all too overwhelming to view each and everyday. Its alot to shoulder and if carried for long periods can explain the mental/emotional health of some people. Understanding that no one person can everything about social plight everywhere. We make charitable donations to those who need. Whether it actually gets to the people isn't your worry. You have done your part. If you think you should do more, then make a career out of it. Go study and see what job is best suited for you to make the changes you have a passion to do.

God created the world. God created people. People make decisions - good or bad. Having the belief that God sees all and is patient for us to do what is right takes time. Think of it this way, when your parent made decisions for you, how long was it before you rebelled? When did your parent stiop cleaning up your messes and allowed you to see what you have done? How long did it take for you to grow up and be the person you are now - responsible, successful,  productive? It siwhat a parent hopes for.

God is good. God is our heavenly Father. If your parent , having to learn what good is before teaching you to be good, how much more would our heavenly Father do for us?

Out of all that is offered in life for us, there is no endorphin that feels better than having faith. Witht hat decision, the best results follow. (Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV), (Proverbs 15:4 AMP)