I'm a bit of an introvert. Right now I'm at the NW Ministry Network Annual Conference and, while I love coming to these events, I have a hard time mingling in the lobby afterwards. It's not that I don't know people, it's a lot better than a couple years ago, it's just hard for me to walk up to someone and start a conversation. Case in point: I'm sitting up in my hotel room blogging instead of eating downstairs with all the other pastors.
Right before the service last night I was talking to some people and a guy walked by that I just knew that I knew from school, but because I wasn't positive what his name was I didn't talk to him until Tiffanney prompted me to after the service. Turns out that we had a pretty good conversation once I worked up the nerve to talk to him.
After the service we went out to eat at Red Robin. Everyone from the conference went to Red Robin. My Senior Pastor knows everyone, so he introduced me to people, but it was a little awkward. When our meal was finished as we were walking out we saw Jeremy Johnson in the lobby, and (since my Sr Pastor knows everyone)we went over to talk to him. As I was getting ready to introduce myself he looks at me and says "Jeff... Graham, right?" I was pretty amazed. He asked me how things were going and all I could squeak out was "I'm reading your book right now." That's it. No profound words of wisdom. He joked about how there were some things he would have liked to change, and then he started talking to Bekah and I didn't get to talk to him again. But it was fun that he knew who I was.
I debated whether or not to write this because I know there's a good chance that he will read this blog at some point and I didn't want to seem pathetic. Do I seem that way? You can send me a comment and let me know. Also, Jeremy, if you're reading this, please send us some words of wisdom, so people know that I'm not making this up.