“He ran, and ran, and ran, not knowing where he was running to.” I said that regarding my 18-month old grandson, Walker, a few days ago. The same can be said for us as Christians. We run, and run, and run in many different directions in our Christian lives.
It’s New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017, Sunday, Church day, The Lord’s Day. I was excited as I arrived at church this morning. We had musical guests, and I was there early to help them set up, help with their sound, instruments, plugs, coffee, lighting; whatever I could offer in assistance I wanted to be at their disposal. I was expecting a good portion from The Holy Spirit this morning, and a good crowd because it was THE very first day of the year, Sunday, Church day, The Lord’s Day. Time for a new start for many people who made resolutions last night to do better, be better, feel better, better themselves for the future. Boy, was I brought down to earth. Not because The Holy Spirit didn’t show up, but His people didn’t. We had lots of visitors, people had come from different churches, and different cities. We were glad to have them, but where were our people? We had a small dusting of church members, but the majority were missing. I was sad for our musical guests, sad for the people that didn’t get to experience the worship that I did. I was sad for a family that was missing because her mother passed away yesterday. I understand why THAT family was not in church this morning.
I know people were out late celebrating the New Year last night. I know people have jobs they have to go to on Sunday morning sometimes. I know people go out of town occasionally. I know, I know, I know all these things. Today is the very first day of 2017, Sunday, Church day, The Lord’s Day. Let’s be, let me be “a new creature” in Christ this year.
I would imagine that many churches across our city experienced the same lack-luster attendance today as we did. Our culture needs to change. Our people need to get it right. (Another day, another blog.)
We run, and run, and run not knowing where we’re running to. Let Him direct our paths this year because we’re acknowledging Him.
 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 1 Corinthians 5:17
 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:6