|Ashley playing over the floor vent|
Recently, I decided to turn look in the mirror at my hesitancy. I hadn't gotten close to many people while trying to protect myself. In the process, I even managed to become shy and really had to push myself just to go up and shake someone's hand. Even worse, I began to make judgments in my mind towards others. I had enough of my excuses and decided it was time to reach out again. No more listening to the negative whether from myself or from cynical people. I have never been shy and always extremely outgoing in the past. I started to say hi to people I made silent judgments about and spent at least 5 minutes asking about their day. In the last few weeks I've been shocked at the transformation not only in my attitudes but in seeing my horrible perceptions of people slowly melt away.
|Kyle and Ivy (Right) playing with their friends after church|
First off, no church is perfect. No church has it ALL. Some might be mega and give you everything you can ever dream of in a church but the preaching or teaching is lacking big time. That's top on my list above all else. Does what he preach line up with the bible? Is there a comprising just to keep the numbers up? There will always be mean, nosy, annoying, and even downright obnoxious people (at least a couple). Pastors can make mistakes in a judgement call or a rebuke, people can make mistakes in how they treat someone, and I've made plenty. If there is a perfect church, I would ruin it as soon as I walk in. There is just no such thing. Sure I've been offended but there is a BIG chance I've offended others at some point. Sometimes without even realizing it.