That great advice comes from Bruce Kugler, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute.
Confession of an idiot pastor #135: I should have listened to his advice before speaking last Sunday.
So, last week I’m telling l the church we will be going to two services on October 7. Churches max out at about 70% of their seating capacity here in America, due to lousy hygiene and inadequate deodorant application I suppose. Haiti can cram three people in a chair and believe there is still plenty of room.
But then all of Port-au-Prince has a bit of an odor, so who’s to know?
Anyway, we’ve been at 70% and above for a couple years now at AnchorPoint, and are way more full than that in our children’s classes, thus, the decision and the announcement.
So, I’m giving the talk, and I said 170% instead of 70%. And I did it again. And again. I was totally consistent in my perplexing presentation. An interesting side-note, when I was told about my mistake after church, there were two opposite responses.
The “Type A” people were confused. They just couldn’t do the math.
The “Type Z” people like myself had no problem with it. “I figured you must have meant 70%, or just that we were really full. I got it.” They said.
Type Z is so much more Godly, don’t you think? But to the main question – why did I do it?
I assume I kept making the mistake because I was stressed about not making a mistake. I hate it when I do that – wish I knew how to stop it. Had I been relaxed and trusted God, I’d have been OK. I need to remember that great advice.
Never use an ax unless you are relaxed.