There once was a girl who thought Sunday’s were too boring. She decided to rename Sunday as “Funday.”
“Funday is going to be the best,” she told her mom. “I will to do whatever you want. I will wake up late and eat candy for breakfast. I will watch movies and sit on the couch. I will play video games on my iPad. I will play outside with my friends. I won’t do any chores and I definitely won’t go to boring old church in the morning.”
“Is that right?” said the mother. At first she laughed knowing that this was simply out of the question. Then, she thought this would be an opportunity to teach a lesson.
“OK,” she said to her daughter. “Try it and let’s see how it goes.”
The next Sunday, the family woke up to go to church. The daughter stayed home eating candy for breakfast while watching one of her favorite movies.
The movie ended and her family still wasn’t home. She made herself some lunch (a Nutella sandwich with marshmallows and gummy bears on the side) and put another movie in.
Finally, the family arrived home in the afternoon. “How is your day going, sweetheart?” the mother asked.
The girl was tired and feeling a little sick from all the sugar, but she said, “Lots of fun.”
She didn’t really mean it. It wasn’t very fun being all alone and not getting to share the day with her family.
“Well, enjoy it,” said the mother. “We went to lunch after church and now we are heading back for games and a picnic dinner with the people of the congregation. We will see you later.”
The girl wasn’t having any fun at all. Now she thought of all the fun people she knew at church. She thought of all the people that she loved to see every weekend. She thought of how church, even though it was boring, made her feel good about herself when she left. Here at home alone, she just felt sick and sad for not really doing anything all day.
“I declare Funday is over. Sunday has now returned!” the girl declared.
She never missed church on Sunday again.
The Third Commandment: Remember to keep holy the LORD’s Day.