Pre-pandemic, I was part of the Connection Team at my church, for which I greeted people at the door or stood at the welcome center. It was an enjoyable part of my Sunday morning as it allowed me to meet new people or chit-chat with a few of the regulars. Once the pandemic hit, this duty went away and I have been attending church on-line ever since.
About two months ago, I was given the opportunity to be an online “host,” which meant I could interact with other hosts and church members before, during and after service. I have a special logon that allows me to interact with the other hosts separately from the public chat. There’s more to this, but I won’t bore you with details.
During Sunday’s sermon, a few people commented on how they chide themselves for making bad decisions or saying stupid things. We all do that, right?
So I commented: “A pastor from another church once said ‘we are all messy people” and it stuck with me. Not to make us feel bad, but so that we are not so *** ourselves.”
I noted the *** and immediately thought that I had fat-fingered the keyboard.
So, I typed again: “not so *** ourselves.”
Then I wrote “I guess I’ve been censored. I meant to say so we don’t beat ourselves up.”
In the host-only section of online church, the youth pastor asked what I was trying to say.
Well, by this time, I had figured out what the church program had censored and was somewhat horrified. I responded, “I can’t. It was innocent, but now it’s embarrassing.”
Totally embarrassing. The other hosts had figured it out and assured me there was nothing to worry about, that the program picks up on certain words or a combination of words and will censor them. With relief, the other hosts had a good sense of humor and instead of beating me up, they gave welcomed responses.
“I think it’s really funny.”
“LOL, it’s okay.”
“Sooo funny. I am giggling over here because I’m super mature.”
One of the male hosts responded, “You’re still more mature than me…just saying.”
Yeah, we are all mature with our 10-year-old boy sense of humor.
So, no reason to be embarrassed.
And there is absolutely no reason here to be hard on myself.