Embrace the Awkward
My life has been full of awkward moments. Good awkward and bad awkward.
Whether it was the time I got fired from Chick-fil-A, the comments about my legs in bright yellow tights when I dressed up as the bird at Red Robin, or untold stories from college (don’t worry about it…), these are the moments I remember. Awkward moments and you-had-to-be-there stories I’ll carry with me for a long, long time.
But there are good awkward moments, too. Think about the moment you met your best friend, partner, or spouse. Chances are good one of those moments was awkward. But chances are also good those awkward moments changed the course of your life forever… in a good way.
The stories in the bible are also full of awkwardness. Jesus’ disciples — his closest friends and followers — consistently came face-to-face with their own cringe-worthy and head-scratching moments. They watched as a woman washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and her tears. They saw Jesus restore a man’s sight with a mixture of spit and mud. They saw a man raised from the dead and smelled it, too. And they heard Jesus say astounding, uncomfortable things like “Let the dead bury their dead,” and “If you want to find your life, you have to lose it.” Suuuuuuper awkward.
A life of following Jesus is an awkward life. But as the disciples came to discover, those awkward moments can change everything… in a good way.
This Thursday night, The Local Church is launching Local Tables — the heart and soul of this fledgling movement in Chatham. Our bias is this: In a world fraught with division, isolation, and hyper-partisanship, we believe that the simple act of gathering together to listen, learn, love, and serve can save our lives and change the world. Now more than ever, we need to know our neighbors. We need to live and love local.
Chances are good there will be awkward moments.
Chances are good that you can think of any number of other things to do with your Thursday night.
But chances are also good that the awkward moments you’ll experience can change everything… in a good way.
So I hope you’ll take a risk, embrace the awkward, and be part of the first-ever Local Table — Thursday at 6 pm at the Briar Clubhouse in Briar Chapel. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Get all the details here. RSVP via Evite here or Facebook here, and if you have questions, feel free to email me.