The Backslider’s Calendar
It has been said, “As Methodists we not only believe in backsliding, we practice it.” God forbid this is the case! But you be your own judge. I share with you now with a chuckle “The Backslider’s Calendar.”
January: I hereby resolve to make a go of it this time, but I’ll wait a few weeks. I’m “up to here” from Holiday festivities. After a couple of weeks rest I’ll probably feel like going to church again–maybe about the firstof February.
February: Weather is terrible. I’ll start when it warms up a bit. My blood is so thin this time of year.
March: Lots of sickness just now. Got to keep away from those bugs. People can’t afford to take a chance. Stuff is flying around everywhere.
April: Easter…Big crowds…You can’t get a decent seat; anyhow they won’t miss me. It would look strange if I showed up just for Easter.
May: I’ve been pretty holed up all winter and now that the weather is getting pretty, it’s time to hold a family reunion.
June: I’ll wait until the baby is older. How on earth do some folks bring their babies at 4 weeks of age, and then never miss a Sunday at worship?
July: Boy! Is the heat terrific! And the AC isn’t worth a darn in the sanctuary. I’d probably worship God better in a cabin off the lake or out in the woods.
August: The preacher is on vacation. He’ll never know if I miss. Never liked guest preachers anyhow. But when the preacher gets back…
September: School has started. Vacation threw me behind in my work. Gotta make one last visit with relatives before the snow flies.
October: Leaves are so beautiful now. I can worship God
November: My heart is bursting with gratitude and thanksgiving–the Christmas season will be a wonderful time to start back.
December: What a madhouse! Right after this is over, my family and I will start back the first Sunday in January.