We raised our brood under the maxim: "On time is late; early is peace." But in the spirit of Paul on Mars Hill who observed, "as even some of your own poets have said" I would like to quote Brent Beshore, who recently wrote in Forbes magazine: "5 minutes early is on time; on time is late; late is unacceptable."
And if this is true in the business world (and it is) then how much more as we assemble before the throne of our Lord to renew covenant with Him. And how absolutely necessary if we are to experience the blessedness of hearing the Lord Himself call us to "worship [Him] in the splendor of holiness" (Psalm 96:9).
And, for the record, I have vivid memories of the demonic forces that would conspire to hide either one shoe, or one sock as we tried to get our kids out the door on Sunday morning. But if it happens every week, then perhaps there are ways to lean against Baal-Tardee. Just sayin'...
You can read Beshore's excellent article here. Enjoy.