Church worried about me!
I hope you can give me some insight on
how I should handle this matter. Picture
this, small southern town, lived here two
years. Attended same church for two years.
Have not attended lately. Now it seems
about every two weeks, members are calling
to see if we are okay.
Lucky me I have voice mail! Do I owe this
church an explanation for not attending
anymore? If not, then how do I handle their
calls without being totally rude?
mystery! And the answer, as you know, lies
in what you have not told me!
church you attend, and how often, is none
of my business, or theirs. And likewise
for your ceasing to attend.
But you know
as well as I do, that the events are linked.
If, say, you stopped going after a row
with a church member, then either they
feel guily - or they are waiting for an
apology. If you just stopped going, for
reasons that they cannot know, they may
be genuinely concerned about you, or concerned
that they have hurt you in some way. Only
you can possibly know what's going on here.
knowledge, I can only advise you to be
honest; "Thank you for your concern,
but I have decided not to attend, and I'd
be grateful if you could leave it at that."
Not so hard?