It happened to me (again) this past Sunday. That awkward moment when you introduce yourself to a new couple at church, and they tell you they met you last week. Mike and Shelly. I won’t forget their names anytime soon. Here’s how the conversation went:
ME: Hey, I don’t think I’ve met you. My name’s Josh.
MIKE and SHELLY: Yeah, we met last week when you introduced yourself to us.
(awkward silence as I try to figure out how to get out of this social snafu). Thankfully, they threw me a lifeline:
MIKE and SHELLY: I’m sure you meet a lot of new people each week and it’s tough to keep all their names straight.
ME: Yes, but I’m sorry I forgot yours.
As the conversation went on, our conversation from last week came to mind, and I was able to add enough tidbits to make sure they knew that I did in fact remember meeting them last week (although belatedly).
Some people are afraid to meet new people at church because they’re afraid they’d make a fool of themselves. Take it from me, sometimes that happens. But it can’t stop you from doing your part and making newcomers feel welcome. And if you do embarrass yourself, don’t worry. I’ve done much worse.
QUESTION: Have you ever had a similar experience at church?