NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

TL 3-18 NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I’ve lived on this planet for nearly five and a half decades…  and believe me when I say I’ve had my share of AWKWARD moments!  With every one of them, I’ve learned to shake it off and move on as I laugh (and pee a little…)  sorry – TMI.

There’s a reason that Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off resonates with the masses.  We’re all too human and that means we are not perfect, which means that at times we are all awkward and experience awkward moments.  The good news is – our awkward moments in life are not life-altering.  We know that God works ALL things for our good – and by all, I mean – ya know… ALL! 

That’s why we must not give up – on anything!  We have to remember that every day will not be filled with roses and violin music!  If it was, we’d have precious little to share in the way of life experience – let alone, things to look back on and have a hearty laugh!  Some things make us more human, and the humanity is the part that we all have in common.  It makes us more relatable to one another.

So, with a humble heart and blushing cheeks, I share my most awkward moment in ministry.  I wouldn’t trade this day for anything, yet I definitely would not like to relive it either.  :-/

I GUESS IT'S TRUE

Being part of ministry in any capacity is never a waste of time.  Remember the words to the old hymn…

Only one life, so soon ’twill be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last.

There can be – shall I say, “awkward moments” along the way.  We know that God leads the way and He gave us many safe trips for sure!  Awkward moments happen though – with people and situations.  :-/

From the mid 1980’s through the mid 1990’s, my husband and I were part of a gospel quartet.  We spent time traveling around and ended up in a small town in Kansas for a Sunday evening service.  I decided to wear blue jeans and a tee-shirt for traveling, certain that there would be a place to change my clothes.

When we got to the church, we got all set up and was ready to practice to adjust the sound and so forth…  I casually looked around the small church, but did not see a restroom.  I began to panic a little and pray a lot.  I needed to put my dress on for the concert.

About that time, the pastor walked in – all smiles.  I was nearly in tears.  I was embarrassed to ask, so had my husband ask if there was a restroom.  When my husband came back to tell me – I could tell by the look on his face – this was not going to be good.  The restroom was an outhouse.  Yep – and that’s where I changed clothes.

I got ‘er done, folks!  Dignity intact, I’m happy to report.  Then we played a few more songs in the sanctuary – and noticed a scraggly old dog had walked into the church.  He decided to lay down in the aisle and listen.  We played one song – then the dog got up, turned around and walked right back out the door.  LOL!!!

My husband said…  Now THAT’S a critic!  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (16)

I GUESS IT'S TRUE

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I am happy in the service of the King… and I spend a lot of time laughing at myself in the process! There’s not a doubt in my mind that my God has a great sense of humor because I can just imagine Him belly laughing at my blunders as I make a feeble effort to minister.

One Easter Sunday I marched into the choir loft and thought the whole choir was following me in. They were not. There were well over 100 people in the congregation, but I knew they loved me in spite of my character, or perhaps because of it.

One summer at VBS I was playing one tune while the one running the projector had another set of words on the screen. We had confused children because the adults could not get their act together. Hey – it happens.

Statistically 100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.  – Wayne Gretsky

We are sooooooooooooo human! We do our best, we really do. Ministry can be the most frustrating thing because you pour so much of your heart, soul and mind into it. We work so hard to make sure things will go off without a hitch, and they rarely do. Things go well at practice. Too bad the people missed the practice. :-/

When I think of daylight savings time, I’m reminded of a time when my husband and I were in a gospel group several years ago. We needed to travel to Eastern Kansas to do a concert. I debated about whether to wear the dress for the trip or take it on a hanger and change when we got to the church. It was a church we’d never played at before so no one really knew much about it. I decided to take the dress on a hanger and wear my blue jeans in the truck. I had done that before and there was usually a nice restroom to change my clothes in.

I was comfortable for the trip, but once we found the little church there was immediate PANIC on my part. The church consisted of one room with wooden pews and a platform with what looked like a handmade stand for the Bible to set on. That was it. No Sunday School rooms, no other rooms at all (believe me, I looked)!

I did what I always do – I prayed! I think it was something like, “Lord, You are going to have to help me because there’s no way I can do this concert in my blue jeans!” Well, I would have been okay with it, but I’m pretty sure they would not have been.

Two really funny things happened at that church. As we began to practice, a very old dog walked in, sat down in the middle of the aisle, as though it was what he was accustomed to doing. We finished our first song and he stood up and walked right back out again. Now THAT is a critic!

The pastor showed up. I hated to ask, but I had no choice. “Excuse me, but is there a restroom here?”, I asked shyly. He grinned and told me the church had an OUTHOUSE.

Guess where I changed my clothes???    😀