Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What was the most important thing we learned in church?

I don't know why this came to mind, but I started wondering about it the other day. We didn't learn right from wrong in church, our parents took care of that on a daily basis. Waiting until Sunday would have been too little too late. We didn't learn how to get along with others, church is too structured. Proper manners? Church socials are hardly a place where manners are strictly enforced. Please and Thank You? Required, but not taught there. Our parents wouldn't have let us near church friends unless we knew how to behave. What was the most important thing we learned in church? We learned how to sit down and shut up for an hour or so. We learned that, no matter how much we didn't want to, we had to be quiet and fairly still. We didn't get to play with video games. At the most, we were given a pencil and paper. We learned a little respect. We also learned that dessert after Sunday dinner was a little easier to get if we were good, and that the reminder to be good was more forceful the next Sunday if we were bad. If we were really bad, sitting at the table for dinner was a little uncomfortable, and dessert didn't happen. This isn't the lesson that our parents planned for us to learn, but it was a very good lesson.

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