I’m sitting at an open mic night at my old hang out spot of a coffee shop. We didn’t know it was open mic night, or Beth and I wouldn’t have picked the seat in the front row; but oh well. We’re rocking the power couple dual laptops, so it’s all good. This made me think, though.
The host, after welcoming everyone, proceeded to apologize for just about everything: forgetting equipment, rules for the night, playing the same songs all the time, new strings, etc etc. I’ve been in that position before – it can be hard to be in front of a group of people you don’t know. But qualifying and apologizing for everything under the sun can be such a turn off. I hope this isn’t an attitude that we carry into church – wanting to invite friends or family, but apologizing for whatever, in hopes of dulling the possible experience awaiting. Instead, why not let the message speak for itself? I hope that as a leader I can let the Message speak for itself, rather than qualifying even apologizing for what may in store. Because what may be in store just might change someone’s life.