There is a lot of inspiration and encouragement to be gathered from the people you surround yourself with. My friend, who is always ready to give a reason for her faith, shared with me her take on this subject. We sometimes balk at spending time with the saints as a Sunday ritual or being involved with anything we consider a "religious" activity. She explained it like this to someone she was talking to about Jesus and the subject of attending church: When you begin running, you read about it and learn all the ins and outs concerning it. Then you begin talking to other runners to give you ideas and encouragement, because of your common interest. You start hanging out with other runners! Going to church is the same thing, we need to surround ourselves with other like minded individuals to help keep us on track and accountable, just like with running.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25