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  • "and I am hoping that actually going to church will not ruin that enthusiasm"

    Your enthusiasm should not be based on the "church" but on your relationship to God and knowing that in church is where He wants you to be. It says so in His word.

    • Absolutely. Even acknowledging that, it isn't realistic for me to think that my enthusiasm won't be affected by the community in which I am. If my congregation is dull and lifeless, or if it's difficult to find friends among them, or if I find that I'm actually unwelcome, it will make it hard to be excited.

      That doesn't make it right to give up or be despondent, but it won't do any good to pretend beforehand that it can't happen. I stick by what I said: I am enthusiastic, and I hope that the obstacles to remaining so are few.