If church attendance only counted those who really want to be there, I suspect attendance wouldn’t be too good on most Sundays. When I was a pastor, I remember one guy who literally told me, “Preacher, just so ya know, I don’t wanna be here!”
Contrast that with the plea of the psalmist, who asked, “When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2).
Said another way, “When do I get to go to church?”
We know we ought to go to church. But when our “ought to” becomes a “get to,” you know you are trending in the right direction. The same is true for recovery.
“When do I get to go to my next recovery meeting?”
Here’s what I have noticed, having led or participated in over 1,600 recovery meetings. (Yes, I did the math.) I have observed that the degree to which participants get something out of the meetings is in direct correlation to their desire to be there.
Recovery Step: Let your “ought to go” become a “get to go.” Your sobriety will thank you.