Recently however, I've been starting to realize some of the things I'm missing out on by being passively involved in church. This comes from someone who grew up in the church, my parents are ministers, and honestly a lot of our livelihood revolved around what was happening there. I have gone to service enough for everybody, and genuinely enjoyed it. However, I still somehow kind of slid out of the Sunday rotation, attending church mostly to give the kids a foundation, and because I still felt it was needed, even if I wasn't always getting much. My Sunday's have consisted of going to church, sitting in a pew, and immediately walking out. I can't tell you one member's name at any church I've attended in 3 years. Honestly, unless they saw me on TV, no one probably even knows who I am, or that I even go there.
1. I've lost a faith-based extended support system.
I have amazing family and friends, who will certainly go to God on my behalf, and who offer good advice and love. But, they are also extremely connected to my circumstances. Sometimes it's good to have encouragement from people who are not part of your inner-circle.
2. I have a harder time staying motivated through the week
The sermon on Sundays can give you a little jolt of life, by Wednesday you've probably forgotten what was preached. When I was actually INVOLVED it kept those messages in the forefront. When something would try to trip me up, the community I'd built would keep me from stumbling.
3. I started to forget that the purpose was beyond myself
It's so easy to get caught up in this cultural "inward focused" Christianity or spirituality. It's not about me, it was never about me. Pulling away turned me into a person who expected to be fulfilled from the church, but offered nothing in return. At its core it was selfish, and inherently not "Christ-like."
Don't get me wrong, I never left the church, I simply became a floater of sorts. I don't regret this experience, being a passive observer has allowed to me encounter God in ways on my own that will forever change me as a person. But, there is a time for everything...and now it's time for me to get back to work.