Excuse Me, But That's My Seat!
I think it is safe to say generally people are resistant to change and some are downright opposed to it.
Many years ago I asked a family what brought them to the church I was pastoring. They looked at laughed and told me of their first experience at the church. The husband told me that he and his family were looking for a local church and after much thought and prayer that he and his family finally decided to "try out" our small church in rural Wisconsin. On the Sunday they decided to visit the husband, wife and their two children came to the small white church. They were greeted kindly by a few members and proceeded to sit down in a random pew. A few moments before the service started a woman came up to him and said, "Excuse me, but you are sitting in my seat." The family was taken aback but they got up and moved to another pew. Surprisingly they decided to come back the following Sunday and try it out again and they made sure to not sit in the pew they chose the previous week. I was mortified! I breathed a breathe of fresh air when I found out this all happened before I came to be the Pastor. I then thanked the family for being good sports and continuing to attend the church
When I heard this story I thought to myself, what would ever posses someone to ever do something so rude as to what the woman did? The answer... Change. She didn't ant to change her seat. The woman was more concerned with sitting in "her seat" than she was with this new family who was visiting. She plain refused to change.
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Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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