Embracing the Awkward and Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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“Hi, my name is Jessie. What’s yours?”

But for me, introducing myself to someone new can be intimidating.
It’s just a simple introduction. But for me, introducing myself to someone new can be intimidating. It means starting a conversation, which sometimes goes really well…and other times, just becomes awkward.

This time I was at an event hosted by Scarlet Hope, a ministry dedicated to sharing the hope of Jesus with every woman in the adult entertainment industry. I was getting ready to watch a movie on the lawn with a few of the other female LTN interns and some of the women from Scarlet Hope.

Two girls were sitting on the front porch, and as far as I knew, no one else had said hello to them yet.

Two girls were sitting on the front porch, and as far as I knew, no one else had said hello to them yet.

And so the struggle began. Should I go over and talk with them? What if I don’t know what to say after I introduce myself? But what if no one else goes over and says hello to them?

After going back and forth with myself for a few minutes, I walk over to get some popcorn and introduce myself to them.

Sure enough, I couldn’t think of what to say after they told me their names, so I said I just wanted to introduce myself and hoped I would see them again.

Awkward.

So why is a shy, introverted girl interning with an organization that promotes full-time nonprofit volunteer work (talking with people), Christian community (talking with people) and urban ministry (talking with people)?

The nine-hour drive to Louisville, Kentucky was filled with both nervousness and excitement as I anticipated serving with Love Thy Neighborhood for the summer. I knew very little about what to expect.

It may only be home for 10 weeks this summer, but I know this is exactly where I need to be.
After the first night of hysterical laughter with 12 other college-aged girls, I knew this was “home.” It may only be home for 10 weeks this summer, but I know this is exactly where I need to be.

First, interning with Love Thy Neighborhood for the summer offers me real-world experience as a journalist. As part of the media and design team, I am creating online, audio, and video stories. The best part is the stories are all about the work being accomplished in the name of Jesus.

Second, I get to live in a Christian community. I am “doing life” with 12 other Christian girls this summer, from eating dinner to doing chores to spending time in the Word.

It also means learning how to reach out to the people living right next door to me and building relationships.
Finally, I have the opportunity to learn how to love my neighbors. Yes, that’s going to mean a few awkward conversations. It also means learning how to reach out to the people living right next door to me and building relationships.

This summer is going to stretch me a lot, but I’m looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone!

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