The Start of The Awkward Path

Welcome to “The Awkward Path”.  It’s a series about the journey to a better relationship with God even when talking about God is uncomfortable to you.

Transcript:

Hi, I’m Chris Laning. And welcome to “The Awkward Path”. Now what is “The Awkward Path”?

Well “The Awkward Path” is a video / blog series about the journey to try to get closer to God when you’re someone who is uncomfortable with some of the aspects that are involved there. Take me for instance. I have been a Christian my whole life. I’ve attended church. I’ve been in the choir. I’ve been choir director.
I’ve been on Administrative Council. I’ve always been involved with a church but there are still things about day to day religion
that I’m just not comfortable around.

You know sometimes I’ll see people in church. If they’re singing a hymn and they raise their hand in praise to me that seems awkward.
It’s great for them but to me it’s awkward.

You know or have you talked to somebody that says “Yeah I know all this bad stuff is happening right now but I’m just gonna put my trust in God. God will
take care of it and we need to rely solely on Him and I’m comfortable with that!” That’s great! I wish I had a faith that strong! And that’s what I’m trying to build but it’s not there right now.

So how do we overcome these things that make us uncomfortable? Get past them so we can get in a closer walk with God?

Well that’s what this whole video and blog series is going to be about. But it’s not just going to be about me. I don’t want this to be, “This is what I do!” I want this to be about you as well. I know I’m not the only one out here who feels like that. So I want you to join in this journey. I want you to share what makes you uncomfortable. I want us to talk about it together. Find ways and strategies to make it more comfortable. To make it feel right. To know that we’re growing closer to God every day.

Now why am I doing the series? You know I was sitting in church a couple weeks ago listening to the
pastor, (on a) totally unrelated subject. A good sermon but an unrelated subject. All of a sudden the idea popped into my head, “The Awkward Path”, a video and blog series.

Now, I don’t know if the idea came from God or just my overactive imagination. I wasn’t sure. Well a couple days later I was talking with my wife we were talking
about our personal walks with God and how we both needed to kind of step the game up a little bit, to get closer to God. And twice she used the word “awkward”. Now, my wife has a great vocabulary but the word “awkward” is just not one that’s normally part of it. Twice she said that in that conversation.
So I told her about the idea that I had and how it had popped into my head and we decided that I should give it a shot. What’s the worst that’s gonna happen?

So I want you to join me again in this walk. I want you to reach out to people you know that feel the same way. Let them know to come and get in on this. I want to hear really what makes you uncomfortable. I want us to discuss it and I want us to find the ways to overcome it and get closer to God. But I want you to subscribe I want you to be a part of it and to join the community, give feedback and let me know what you think and again what your challenges are. So that we can do this together.

My name is Chris Laning. Again, welcome to “The Awkward Path”.

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