Lately, Angela and I have been revisiting our past by strolling down the nostalgic path of old Television shows. Last week, we started season one, episode one of “Cheers,” and I found myself singing along to the theme as the opening began. In my head, of course, out loud isn’t fun for anyone, other than me.
You know the lyrics, maybe you’ve sung them yourself, “Sometimes you wanna go
Where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.”
Sometimes, we dream of church like that, but in reality, if the church is doing what the church is supposed to be doing, reaching new people, not everyone will know your name.
However, while new people might not know your name, you can go a long way in making them feel welcome if you take the time to get to know their name and a little of their story.
This Sunday, why not take a few minutes and introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met before?
You can’t determine how friendly and welcoming others at church are, but you have complete control over how welcoming and friendly you are.
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is possible, you’ll have to attempt the impossible.