Pastor Deb went on a date recently, and discovered that it was hard to find non-church things to talk about:
Anyway, so this morning I have been thinking and I'm trying to come up with what normalyeah, that's a reality that is kinda hard to swallow, as much as I knew it before, it didn't really matter because the core of my friends are pastors too, so they don't have a life either!) At one point he said, "so you don't really get out much do you?" Is it that obvious?!?!
Mr. Date Man was really good about everything, idiosyncrasies and all. He didn't make me feel weird, but nevertheless, I don't know that I have ever felt so foreign about what I do or who I am (as a Christian). My experiences and such just don't seem normal. They seem strange. Weird. Alien. And actually it's more of a good thing than bad. It makes me realize I really do need to get out more, branch out more, and really encounter people beyond my setting. I mean, even when I meet people that don't go to church, by in large, they grew up in the church, or in another faith setting, so there's a common ground to fall back on.
So my question for today is: What do normal people talk about?!?! people talk about. I mean, after the general basics of conversation, there has to be more to discuss, and quite frankly, I don't know what that *more* is.
One of the odd things about ministry is that it often isolates us from non-Christians. Or even just non-church members. One of my Mentored Ministry goals for this semester is to meet and learn the names of at least two people in my parish community who are not affiliated with my church. I have to discipline myself to engage the world outside of my church if I'm going to model good evangelism, and engage in it myself.