Embrace the Awkwardness

Congratulations! You have stumbled upon a rarely visited corner of the internet. This is my own little space to muse and ponder everything to do with faith, life, and Jesus Christ. If anything happens to help you in anyway, awesome! I am glad for it. However, if I simply end up talking to myself for the world to see . . . well, it is cheaper than therapy!

First, let me explain the name of this blog. What’s with The Awkward Christian? As a natural introvert, I have always felt a bit awkward in social settings. In a crowd, I would much rather stand to the side and watch others interact. I confess to a bit of envy for those who seem to effortlessly work a room and enter into conversations with just about anyone. Over time, I have come to terms with who I am. I am an awkward introvert, and that is ok.

However, it is no excuse. How many times do we hesitate to act or speak because we are afraid of looking or feeling awkward? This is not simply an introvert trait. People of all personality types deal with embarrassment or shame. There is a reason why peer pressure is so powerful. We do not like to stand out from the crowd and face the mocking and ridicule that comes with it.

Yet, Christians are supposed to stand out for all the right reasons. The word, church, comes from the Greek word ekklesia, “called out ones.” We are called light and salt. We are to be known by our deeds and words saturated with love for God and others. This will make us different, and being different feels awkward. There is no running from it, so embrace it! Be awkward for Christ.

Published by Dr. Sam Draper

Sam has been with Greencastle Christian Church in Greencastle, Indiana since 2017. He is married to Jessie and they have one son, Joey. Sam completed his Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation in 2019. Sam’s favorite hobbies include biking, reading, playing board games, and eating Chipotle burritos.

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