People go to church for different reasons, whether it be tradition, entertainment, social, or the quest for the spiritual. Fortunately, God is able to reach through our logic, or lack of it, in spite of what we think.
I was born and sprinkled in the United Methodist church. A few years later, my family changed to a Southern Baptist church. Then, I briefly attended a Church of God during my teen years, and worked in a Presbyterian church. Years ago, I met and married my husband in an Independent Baptist church. Now I attend a "Baptistic Non-denominational" church with my two sons.
Last Friday, my boys and I went to a Methodist church to attend the funeral of my Great-Uncle. This was my youngest son's first experience in a Methodist church. Following the service we returned to the church for the family dinner. When we entered the doors of the fellowship hall, the banquet table prepared by the UMW was laden before us with homemade casseroles. When my son saw the large platters overflowing with fried chicken and ham, he whispered in a revered tone, "Mom, they have fried chicken." My father overheard him. "Boy, this is a Methodist church," he explained. "They always have fried chicken." After my son cleaned his plate, he went to the dessert table and returned with shining eyes and a bowl filled to the rim with homemade banana pudding.
"Mom, I think I'm going to change to be a Methodist," he informed me.
It's no secret that each denomination has a different doctrine. However, I have to admit that much variety comes from the names on the membership. Or rather, the people those names represent. Like a family, each church has its individuals who make us laugh or cry, love or hate, and feel motivated or guilty.
Differences in personalities have always entertained me. Our office here at The Mirror is small. That has allowed the six personalities that work here to really shine. Some of us are loud talkers, and others are quiet. Some of us cry at the drop of a hat, while others will laugh at the same hat. None of us can boast organization as a strong point, although some are definitely more so than others.
Next week, we will be moving to our new location in the old Lovelace Jewelers building. While the corporation has movers who will help us, I have no doubt that the situation will bring out personalities. And because I know the character of my coworkers as well as their personalities, I can tell you we will have a good time in the process. It should provide fun reading on this page for the next few weeks.