I’m posting today on Fatal Foodies about how I start my day.
Meanwhile, here, Imma tell you why, if you belong to a church and you aren’t a Deacon or an Elder because you’re afraid you’ll mess up, you shouldn’t worry.
I was Bread Elder this past week, which means I’m the one who carries the small loaf the preacher breaks during the Communion service (or, if we’re out of small loaves, the holy hot-dog bun), and I say a prayer over the bread before the distribution of the elements to the congregation. So I got to church, saw I was the Bread Elder, wrote my prayer, carried the bread up… and forgot what to do next. Didn’t just go, “Oh, no! I can’t remember what to do next!” No, I was standing there all happy like lalalalalaaa it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…. Everybody up by the altar was looking at me, so I was like, “Dur-de-dur, guess I’m supposed to give the Deacons the elements to pass out now.” Connie goes, in a hard, forceful whisper like she’s trying to wake one person up without waking everybody, “Marian! Your prayer!” I woke up and said, “Oh, yeah! My prayer!” So the congregation had a good chuckle, I said my prayer, and all went smooth as silk after that.
Several people gave me big hugs after the service to console me and assured me that “it’s okay”, and I appreciated their kindness, but I was already okay. I was temporarily embarrassed to have broken the flow but, after all, the whole ritual is about brokenness and grace, isn’t it? And, as I said to Len, it didn’t really matter that much, because it isn’t about me–it wasn’t The Marian Allen Show and I blew it and now Tom Cruise will never want me in his movie.
So the point is: Go on and accept the honor of being Deacon or Elder or whatever job in whatever organization. If you goof up, somebody will help you and everybody will forgive you. If you’re in an organization in which nobody would help you and people wouldn’t forgive a goof-up–don’t just refuse the job, get out of that organization!
WRITING PROMPT: Have a character goof up in public. How does he/she feel? What are the consequences?