Thursday, May 9

Cultivating Caring Community: Embracing Awkwardness

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)

Real talk: Sometimes I get caught in the trap of thinking that my job as the Pastor of Connections is to guard y’all from awkward situations.

However, the longer I serve in my role, the more I realize that God creatively uses awkwardness to form us into more caring people. After all, the value isn’t cultivating cool community! In his book, “This is Awkward,” Sammy Rhodes defines awkwardness by saying:

“I don’t mean wearing Crocs with socks, or that you make small talk look harder than solving a Rubik’s cube, or that you’re the person everyone avoids introducing people to at a party. What I mean is that there’s a gap between what you are and what you should be, a disconnect between the real you and the ideal you. What awkward moments do is simply shine the spotlight on the gap, revealing the cracks in our humanity, no matter how shiny and cool we may seem on the outside.”

Cultivating caring community means moving past our desire for perfect or cool community, to reach deeper and more authentic places with one another. Awkward and quirky are par for the course—so instead of avoiding uncomfortable social situations, let’s lean in.

Prayer: God, in the midst of awkwardness would you form me into a more caring person? And as a community at LifeSpring would you help us to increasingly value authentic over perfect? Make us more like Jesus, I pray. Amen.


Elyse Aguirre