April 26, 2018

Ezekiel 36:26

Ben Lobaugh

Returning to a church home after you have been away for a while, whether for college or after being transferred, is not always an easy transition. What makes it even harder is when you don't have a good attitude about returning.

In the last year and a half, I have been a different person, Christian, and church member and it is because of the change in attitude from God. I used to walk into (and out of) church without caring about community or enjoyment, and, not surprisingly, I wasn't happy with where I went to church.

After being away for four years, a lot changed at FBC Lewisville—nothing bad, but it was different nonetheless. I remember wanting to give other churches a try to see if I felt like we were called to serve at another church. I did pray about it and briefly visited and researched other churches in the area. I came to the realization, through prayer and self-reflection, it wasn't the church but my heart and my attitude that were the problem. I liked our church. I liked our worship service. I liked our Sunday Bible Study group. I liked the leaders in the church. I liked our men’s ministry. I liked our church's heart for service both inside and outside our walls. God was telling me I needed to stop looking for what might be wrong with our church and start serving our church, saying “yes” to opportunities that came my way.

During this past year-and-a-half, I have served in local outreach opportunities, helped with youth events, become a class director, and have had a great time serving. I’ve met several people in different areas of our church that I would never have met otherwise, and I love the community of our church.

If God hadn't changed my attitude, I know I would still be the same person I was before, whether at our church or another. God changed my heart. I love our church and being a servant for his purpose.