We just moved from one state to another. Everywhere I go, I am new. I am new to the neighborhood, new to the church, new to my kid’s activities. The roads are new to me. The way things are done in each place I go is new to me. I find myself having to preface everything I say with, “I’m new here, could you help me?”
I signed my youngest up for the neighborhood swim team and even though I explained that we were new and had never participated in a neighborhood swim team before, I had to ask multiple times about the process and procedure. That’s because there was a lot of information that everyone just assumed I knew. I just smiled and said, “We’re new here.”
What it’s like to be New
Being new is a bit overwhelming. There is a common language everyone has that a new person just doesn’t know. There are expectations and unwritten rules they aren’t privy to. A new person can end up feeling overwhelmed and out of place.
For me, being in a new place has opened my eyes to things I had not considered before. It has made me think about those who might be new to our ministries. What is it like for someone to walk into our Bible study for the first time or attend a women’s event or sign up for a discipleship group? How are they received and do they feel just as overwhelmed, lost, and confused as I have felt in moving to a new town?..to read the rest of this post, visit Revive Our Hearts.