I’ve never been one to put a foot forward, forcing myself to be the center of attention.
But once, I really, really did put it forward. It was probably a sandaled foot, not a snow-shoed one, but it was really out there. I was living in western Missouri for a one-year contract job, and they didn’t have snow at the time. . . .
After visiting a few closer churches and not finding anything viable, we trekked 35 minutes or so away to a nearby town. This church struck us as a little quirky, but somewhat more inviting than the rest, and possibly a home for us. So, ignoring some inner wonderings, we continued to visit there for 3-4 more weeks.
After being subjected to a couple of other leaders and taking stock of things, including my own resources and abilities, I decided this: if we were going to stay with this church for the year, I could offer them a lot in terms of planning and leadership and worship repertoire. I needed to offer them a lot, because they needed it, and I needed to offer it.
So I put my foot forward by proposing that I lead most of the time (3 Sundays a month? I can’t remember, exactly).
It was really stupid of me. The other leaders and I barely knew each other at that point; I had only led once. I was trying desperately to be of service and to do something worthwhile with my Sundays, when my weekdays weren’t going to much good use with show choir and another silly thing or two.
This church offered a counter-proposal. I only vaguely remember calmly rejecting their counter-proposal kindly. Then we moved on, after I drew my foot back.
[ To be continued. . . . ]