Back to school, and back to the frenzy of spelling words, library books, shin guards and carpools. Days where even the 20 minutes to actually sit down and eat feel like an unlikely luxury. And you better have your math flashcards ready for review with that fork in the air!! There’s a rhythm to it though – the routine brings order compared to the carefree summer when nature is the only topic on the study plan. But somehow in both times, the lull and the sprint, the steady flow of church life persists.
I just read a well-cited article on what the happiest people do every day. The first specific action listed is going to church, which research shows to bring people “a disproportionate amount of happiness.” The author concludes that church life provides a frequent, constant and scheduled time for us to engage in fellowship with people who matter to us. Anecdotally, I also received this week a Snapchat (and I’m not even a millennial!) from my dear friend Gretchen that said simply “Church makes me happy!” I love church too, for the feeling of family that it builds for me and my kids. Some might (ok most would) say I’m an incurable social butterfly, so this may be no surprise. However, and probably more critically for me, it is also the scheduled time for peace; for sitting down, being quiet, listening, and reflecting (especially when I can talk the tots into Sunday school!).