You should've seen what happened last Sunday! Here we are all leaving "the" church I picked as our home church and I hear the real story from all of the other family members. One person doesn't like that it's not a Catholic church...oh, that one again. One person says it's too big and the kids aren't friendly and inviting, plus they give away $100 prizes at youth group and that's just not a "good use of money." One person just says there is no one he knows there. Sheesh! I guess I was the only one who was starting to feel more at home there and ready to jump into some bible studies!!! How could we be so far apart on this church shopping thing? Anyway, I ended that "conversation" as why doesn't everyone just find their own small group to belong to, at whatever church you want, and we'll all attend this one on Sundays!
No one believes me but this is what I know about people...if you want to meet people, you have to make the attempt to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable. YOU have to be the one to find a group to join. YOU have to get into a small group in order to get to know people. Most of the time, people won't just come up to you and say, "Let's be friends!" My kids aren't willing to accept the facts about people. I guess it's because for the last 15 years they haven't had to make friends at church. They just grew up with the same kids and knew everyone. In a way that is a good thing, but in a way, it's not the real world.
So with that said, the saga of church shopping continues. But as for me, I'm actively pursuing a small group to join for the summer session, I'm getting involved in a service group, and I'm starting to plant some roots down in this Orange County soil. I'm not waiting around for everyone to make up their minds. I'm on the move!