“So What Do You Do?”
Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Faith Updates
This is a very normal question. Think of the last time you met someone. Chances are that, within the first two minutes of the conversation, this was asked. For most people answering this question is easy: “I’m a lawyer,” “I’m an accountant,” I’m a nanny,” “I’m a stay at home mom,” “I’m a receptionist,” “I’m a student,” “I’m retired,” and so on. Answers like that are easy because, for the most part, they don’t faze people. Nobody is taken back or pauses when you tell them that you’re a banker, a salesperson, or a car mechanic.
However if your answer is, “I’m a worship director at a church,” you may get a different response. Let me tell you about one of those instances.
As some of you know, I drive on occasion for Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft are two different ride services that are similar to a taxi. Individuals order their ride through an app on their phones, the driver is notified and given directions to pick them up, and they drive them to their destination. In the car I like to give riders a comfortable experience so I offer water, gum, mints, and any welcome conversation. Some riders are open to talking while others give short answers and keep their noses in their phones (I usually get the hint after two or three questions).
On one occasion I picked up a gentleman from a restaurant near the University of Minnesota. He seemed friendly enough so I started to make simple conversation. It started something like this:
Me: “How’s your evening going?”
Him: “So far so good. Just getting off of that job and now on to the next.”
Me: “Are you a server here?”
Me: “And what’s your next job?”
Him: “I take off my clothes for money.”
Me: “Excuse me, what?”
Him: “Yeah, I’m a gay stripper.”
After recovering from the small amount of shock that I had just experienced, I of course asked him more questions about that. Questions like how he got into that line of work, if it was awkward for him, and so on.
Then came the inevitable.
“So what do you do?”
In this moment I was faced with a choice. I could avoid the impending awkward conversation and just tell him that I’m a musician, or I could just go for it. I decided to go for it.
“I’m a worship director at a church.”
Silence. Nothing. I didn’t even dare look in my rear view mirror to see his reaction. I figured the rest of the ride would just be in silence, I wouldn’t get a tip, and my perfect five-star driver rating would be tanked with a one-star rating from him. However, after what seemed like minutes (but really it was likely only a few seconds), he responded.
“Oh, well you must hate me then.”
Me: “Actually I don’t really hate anybody.”
Him: “Well I know your Jesus hates me.”
Pause. Have you ever found yourself in conversation with someone who doesn’t know Jesus and all of a sudden they say something so inviting that you just can’t help yourself? This was one of those moments. It was like Jesus took the door and swung it open so hard that it flew off the hinges.
I won’t give you the play-by-play dialogue of the rest of our conversation, but it included him hearing (perhaps for the first time) that Jesus loves him. I told him that he should do some personal investigating into Jesus, rather than just believing what others may tell him. I thankfully had a small New Testament in my glove box that I gave to him, and told him where to start reading. As we were nearing his destination I told him I was happy to have the chance to have this conversation with him and he agreed. I don’t know if he actually read anything, but I still pray for him.
Now this post isn’t a chance for me to brag. Rather it’s a testimony of what happens when we are open to stepping into conversations that God invites, or throws, us into. As disciples of Jesus, we should always be ready for them. We may not see any fruit immediately, but sometimes our job is just to get the conversation started and let the Holy Spirit take it from there.
See you Sunday,
Here’s What’s Happening at Faith
All Church Garage Sale
The all church garage sale is next week, Thursday & Friday, July 20 & 21. We will be taking donations starting this Sunday, July 16 from 2-7pm and Monday & Tuesday, July 17&18 from 5-8pm. Details about donations can be found HERE. We also will need many volunteers to make this community outreach event happen – contact Rachel at 651.334.5938 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the M.O.M.S. program. If you would like to find out more about this ministry, click HERE
All Church August Retreat Weekend
The Faith Covenant all-church retreat weekend in McGregor MN at Covenant Pines Bible Camp is just around the corner, August 18-20! It will be a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, fellowship and fun! Cost is $100 per adult, and $50 per child, with a $300 cap per family. Register HERE (Note: even though the fee shows $300, you will input your final registration cost at end of the online form). For more information, or for other concerns, contact Jen at email@example.com.
Summer Play Dates
Want a low key time to just enjoy friends or make new ones? Join up with fellow Faith Covenant families at a summer playdate. Come to one or all. Grownups need to stay with their children. Various Wednesdays at 10am around the community. Next playdate: July 26: Cliff Fen Park, Burnsville.
Community Outreach Car Wash
If you missed out on the fun last month with the Free Community Car Wash, here’s your chance to get in on serving our neighbors. We need 20 people Saturday, July 29, 9am-noon, to help bless our community with this fun, free, event. Sign up in the lobby at church or contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Registrations are due by July 17 for MUUUCE (the Most Unbelievable Ultimate Urban Camping Experience). This high-energy, fast-moving, multi-day event is designed to give middle-schoolers and junior highers a chance to connect with Christ and their peers. Grab your registration form from the Youth Counter at Faith or download one HERE. Cost is $115 and runs August 3-5 at Crossroads Church.
Men’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Weekend
Hey Men of Faith, looking for an opportunity to get away from the city and cell phones and have fellowship with God and like-minded men? Join us on a trip to the BWCA on September 14-17. All food while camping, canoe and gear rental, and entry fee is included in our event cost with a $50 deposit due by the end of July. (Total expected cost ~$150). For more information, contact Chase Lenz at email@example.com or Dick Mooers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marrow on the Move
Several Faith attendees will be part of this 5K walk/run to benefit bone marrow donation. It will be at Lake Nokomis on July 29 at 8am. If you are interested in praying for, donating to, or supporting this event, please contact Robb at 952.888.7995 or visit his website HERE.
Online Giving = Good Planning
Want to help your church manage its resources well? Setting up monthly automatic giving allows you and Faith to plan more strategically the use of our resources. Doing so is easy. Click here!