I was at the check out of a bookstore today and found myself in the middle of a rather amusing conversation. The customer behind me was looking for a particular product and, while the clerk was finishing my transaction, she asked the clerk where she could locate it. The clerk gave directions where to look, and when the customer found the location she began giving more details of what exactly she was hoping to find.
“Don’t you have any in a six pack? I was hoping to find them in a six pack- because who doesn’t want a ‘six pack,’ right!” *snicker*
The clerk looked at her, completely unamused, and replied in all seriousness, “A lot of people don’t really want a six pack.”
This is where I had to refrain from snickering. I realized the confusion (I’m not convinced the customer put it together). I had gotten her little joke, but apparently, the clerk did not.
The customer was referring to the type of “six pack” one develops when the abdominal muscles are toned and built up. I’m pretty sure the clerk thought she was referring to a six pack of beer- that just has to explain the look on her face.
So here where the three of us, all standing in a silent moment of awkward. I wanted to laugh, the customer was confused, and the clerk was rather unamused. So I left. Well, not quite that abruptly, but almost.
As I drove away, I began thinking through that little conversation. It made me think about how often we try to communicate something but end up misunderstanding one another. This seems to especially happen when it comes to faith. There are times when we are in conversation with one another but we have completely different definitions and meanings to the words we are using. This is what makes it so important for me to know how to explain what I believe- and why. When I am talking about my faith, it is not enough for me to assume the other person in the conversation understands all my words. I don’t want to end up in an awkward conversation when it comes to that which is so important to me…
Just a little thought.