When I got married, I knew that Luke and I were going to find our own church to attend as a family. I was very apprehensive about leaving my home church just because it was what I knew and it was familiar to me. I knew everyone in the church and they were like family to me. Luke wanted a church that was close to home and that was a good church to raise children up in. I decided to become a member of the church that we were married in; Luke was already a member and I only had to transfer my membership. Our church has a wonderful pastor and we enjoy his message every Sunday.
Every Sunday the congregation has a meet and greet (welcoming) time where we say hello and good morning to our neighbors sitting around us. This past Sunday I was talking to Luke about how uncomfortable I was when it came to greeting our neighbors because I am a shy person by nature. I always wait for people to come say hello to me...I never make the first attempt to say hello.
Then the pastor started his sermon. He was out of town last Sunday and he visited with another church. He said that the entire time he was there, 4 people greeting him. Only 4, out of the entire congregation! I sat there thinking, "well that wasn't very Godly of church going people to not say hello to him." Then I started thinking more...I am like the other members of that church that did not say hello to him. Yes, I am a shy person but how hard is it to greet someone. Am I using being shy as an excuse? Maybe.
It made me think about the church I grew up in and all the members there that I love. If I made the effort to greet the members of the church where I attend now and get to know then, they will become familiar to me and become like family. If I made an effort to become more active in church I will get to know more people. If I attended Sunday School there I would get to know more people.
It is not the church's fault that I don't feel 100% comfortable. It is my fault for not knowing more members which in turn will make me more comfortable with my surroundings.
I do love my church. I love that I can go there with my husband and my in laws and worship God. I love the pastor there. His sermons are always so good. He always happens to preach on things that I need to hear. I just need to make my church experience what I want out of it. Its up to me to break out of this "shy" cycle and just get over it.
- I have been eating orange Tic Tacs like they are going out of style. This is my good to "treat" item when I need to fix my sweet tooth.
-I am doing my training and eating by myself all this month...Crazy I know. Makes me nervous to do it on my own.
-Spent the weekend with family. Saturday was shopping and lunch with mom. Then mom and dad came over for dinner. Sunday was dinner with Luke and my in laws and Luke's grandparents.
-Baked spaghetti for dinner tonight.