Have you ever noticed how time is a variable absolute? What I mean is that time is a constant. For example, we know that every minute contains 60 seconds and every hour contains 60 minutes and that every day contains 24 hours. It is an absolute.
But some minutes, hours, and days seem to go by faster than others. For example, if you are waiting in the dentist’s office, a 10 minute wait can feel like 30 minutes (or longer)...because you are (probably) dreading the experience.
On the other hand, when you are excited about what you are waiting for, that 10 minute wait can seem like only a minute or two. The anticipation tends to make time fly.
The same is true in activities we attend. When you go to something you really enjoy (say a movie or sporting event), you sit and watch for say, three hours or more (say, for a football game), and you can’t believe how fast time passed. You sat and watched; you stood and cheered; you yelled at the officials...and then it was over and the game had “only just started.”
You made sure you had everything you needed (snacks, etc.) prior to the start of the game. You took care of “personal needs” before the game began so that you didn’t miss a play.
Why do we not consider our worship services and Bible classes worthy of that same “pre-game preparation”?
I’ve seen some folks who “have to leave” at roughly the exact same time in every service. I’ve seen others who, if the service happens to last even a few minutes over an hour, get up and leave once they have been there for one hour.
Yet these same folks, when you talk to them during the week will say, “I was going to come back on Sunday night, but the football game (or whatever) went into overtime and I had to watch it.”
I do get it...church services are not nearly as “entertaining” as (insert whatever you like here). But is entertainment what church services are about?
I can remember watching sporting events where one of the “players” had to leave in the middle of the game for “personal reasons,” only to return after a few minutes. And I can remember people being upset because they felt that the player obviously “wasn’t prepared” for the game.
When we worship, God is our audience. When we “have” to leave early (for whatever “reason”) how does He feel?