8 Critical Invitations, 1 Not so much.
What if I NEVER took anyone or anything up on an invitation? What and where would I be today? If I didn't accept a ride to the airport, I'd be late. If I said no to eating clean, I'd likely be unhealthy. If I didn't agree to my high school YoungLife gathering, I'd surely be lost in this life. Big time!
Making Invitation can mean the difference between connection and isolation, between lost opportunity and growth, or even life and death!
The invitation requires two willing participants. The first person has the courage, fortitude, wisdom and time to flap their gums into forming a question, while simultaneously accepting a yes or no answer. For me, when playing this role of the first person, a full schedule, insecurities and fear of rejection can inhibit my taking the initiative. And it requires me to let go of the outcome. I challenge myself to fall in love with the idea of being uncomfortable to the response.
The second person has to role of responding appropriately. I would hope that my responses to invitations are honest, straightforward and timely. And in my messaging I sprinkle some grace with the truth. Thus whether I accept the invitation or pass on it for this time, I pray the inviter feels glad they offered the invitation and feel comfortable trying at another time.
Does it always play out this way? If I'm being honest? No. Being a good inviter requires good intentions, forethought and follow-through. Being a good invitee requires tact, grace and saying yes to some and no to others. Both are equally important for a fulfilling life of connection and community.
With a little fear and in trepidation...
9. Will you COME sit with me at church tomorrow?
We had such a wonderful time of making new friends and connections with our 6 Week Yoga Challenge that I don't want to interrupt the connections we made. I'm missing my J'ogi community at Red Rocks. Last week I stood around looking for ANYONE I knew and in the sea of friendly faces I found three Jill and KK and Kathi. I want to feel connected in my church home. Do you?
I attend the 8:30 am service in Arvada. I don't always roll in on time but I pass by the pile of fresh delicious donuts, grab a hot coffee in my reusable cup and make my way to the front row of chairs, 2nd tier back from the stage, left of center.
If you are looking for someone to sit with on Sunday, I'll be there hoping you join me! Here's the challenge, pick up the phone and invite someone to church. Let go of the outcome. If they say yes, great. If not, that's fine too. Don't give up! Let's pack that 2nd front row with likeminded Jesus Yogi's!!! Feel free to take me up on the invitation if you want. If not, that's fine too! Let's get good at inviting and feeling ok with the response. Practice makes present.
I have 2 more invitations for you this week:
-Join us for a gentle flow of breath, moving meditation and a focus on God's word about community on Wednesday at noon for our weekly Beginner Yoga Flow inperson class: 8330 W 80th #1 Arvada. Try Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/ if you can't be inperson.
-2nd Thursday Red Rocks Sports Yoga is 7-8pm. Sign up on this link