One of the habits that most stuck with me from my upbringing is that of going to church. Unless we were sick as a dog or dying, if the doors were open we were there. Of course there were days that I loathed this as a child, but the habit was so instilled in me that when the time came to choose for myself, it was only natural to be in God’s house as often as I could.
And Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts us to do exactly this. “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–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Because my parents instilled this habit in me, I have been regularly in a place of Godly instruction, meeting with those who pray for me and encourage me in my walk. I am also positioned to serve God and others. Had I chosen to break habit, or had my parents not fostered the habit to begin with, I would not be connected to the body of Christ, ministering and being ministered to, growing and sowing into others.
Thankfully, God gave me a wonderful Christian husband, and we are inculcating the same consistent church attendance habits in our children. After all, if our lives don’t model the inherent value of meeting with the body of Christ, whose will?