The Thought for the Week this week is written by Eric Wylie

by Susie Jean Sharkey

John 10:10. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

This was the week that I finally went to see the doctor about my increasing deafness. It has become a bit of a joke at work, because apparently people are speaking to me all the time and I just wander off totally oblivious to whatever instruction they are trying to pass on.It's worse when it's a customer: They don't know how deaf I have become, and I must seem incredibly rude as they try to get my attention and I pay then no heed.

 But these problems are not the reason that I am finally doing something about it. Indeed this has been going on for years now and thankfully those that know about it are very patient with me, and so I always sort of get by.No. The reason that I have visited the doctor, is that I am unable to enjoy being amongst groups of my friends. I end up sitting slightly apart. Not able to take part in their conversations or banter. All of my life I have loved to be amongst my friends, and who wouldn't? I have the greatest group of friends imaginable. ....But now... ...even being in the midst of great hilarity has become boring. Going to any group event is out of duty not enthusiasm. 

Hopefully that is all about to change. 

It makes me wonder though. I work in a christian bookshop, and there are shelves of books aimed at men who find church boring. "The singing goes on too long. It's too loud, or quiet. The songs are too slow/quick. The new ones are dull/The old ones are too complicated. They don't cater for the youth/ they pander to the youth. I can't sit still for a whole hour (unless it's an action movie). I don't like singing (Unless it's at a football match). The prayer times seem to go on for ever, and the sermons, oh the sermons: I don't know who they're aimed at but they never seem to speak to me." The truth is: I very rarely find church boring if I can hear what's being said. I don't go to sing, or be entertained. I go to hear the voice of, and know communion with God. When I feel that God is with me and I feel the anointing to pray: The prayer times are never too long. When He speaks to me through the sermon: I just want it to go on and on. Sometimes the worship is so wonderful I don't want it to end. It makes me wonder: Are those who are bored just unable to hear His voice?  Are they unable to enjoy the presence of God? If so. Why? Could it be that they are not living close enough to hear Him? Bless them for their dutifulness which is an admirable virtue but, they are missing the abundant life that we are promised.

Hopefully that is about to change too.