I found myself wondering if I should introduce myself to someone famous who came to our church on Sunday. After all, I’m the pastor’s wife, it would be entirely appropriate for me to walk up to someone and welcome them. But I was very aware of the fact that lots of other folks were doing the same thing, wanting to meet this famous person. And then I also thought about the fact that I don’t usually walk up to visitors and introduce myself. It’s just not who I am. It’s probably something I need to work on, but starting with a person that I want to meet only because he’s famous is not the way to do it. I felt like it would be an invasion of him to do it. And I wanted to respect his privacy.
I’m sure it happens a lot more to folks living in Nashville, but here, this is not a usual occurrence. It’s more likely that someone from here could become famous than a famous person come here.
Oh, the weird things we pastors’ wives think! And no, I’m not going to tell you who was here. My husband did post it on Facebook on Sunday, as did a few other people. I’m just going to let you wonder and guess, or research through Facebook to figure it out. Meanwhile, as much as I could hope that this person would join our church, I’m guessing he’s one of those people who could truthfully say that it’s easier to worship God at home than in church. I can’t imagine trying to worship with everyone gawking and staring, not that there was a lot of it going on. I’m already hyper-aware that as pastor’s wife, I can’t exactly let my guard down in front of the whole congregation. It’s gotta be worse when you’re famous and it’s not just the people in the room with you, but everyone that they are connected to who will know how you act, what you say, if you had to leave mid-sermon or cry during a song. For the record, none of that happened. I wish sometimes we allowed more freedom for people in worship to let down their guard, but for me and the famous folks (and believe me, I know that they have it way worse than I do) the fishbowl makes it hard to be yourself.