By:  Shenelle Wallace

“I think I’m churched out. I’m kinda tired of all these preachers and missy’s screaming at me to praise God!!!”

This quote was taken from Twitter, and when I read it I thought: Hmm…, it gets like that sometimes.

Being one of those children who had to go to church almost every day of the week and twice on Sundays, I understand the feeling of being “churched out.” Having been in services where it feels like I’m being pumped to praise, I get what the frustration is all about.

As a young adult I remember looking at clergy members like they were extreme when compelling the congregation to worship, and even feeling guilty for sitting so complacent in my seat, while others were deep in worship, simply because I didn’t feel the spirit. Maybe I can accredit that to being over the whole church experience, or for whatever reason, not being in the mood to worship. Even in my adult life, there has been a moment or two of feeling churched out. But thankfully, shortly after those moments I’m reminded of the incredible God that I serve and why I should praise Him whether I feel like it or not.

The Psalmist David said “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1). He also said “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalms 122:1). We can learn from these words, to change our thinking when church becomes a burden, and put in the effort to fellowship and worship freely simply because of who God is.

Attending church for me is a given so if it’s Sunday you can bet, I’m there. It’s been that way since I came out the womb. Yes, things can get tiring naturally, especially when it feels like a routine. But the next time you’re feeling churched out, remind yourself of God’s mercy, His grace, forgiveness, favor, etc.  The word encourages us to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.” (Psalms 100:4-5)