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My Most Embarrassing Moment

Jeff Rasche

For weeks, it was hard to walk around campus without a paper sack over my head; but there’s good news . . .

embarrassed guy FTR iStock_000008526529_Full copyI would like to say that I have always been the cool guy I am today, never making a mistake or putting my foot in my mouth. But I have had my share of embarrassing moments, times when I wanted to dig a hole and hide in it. The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect—well, they’ve just been changed.

When I was in college, a couple of friends and I went to a fast-food place one Saturday afternoon. Inside, we ran into a group of girls. We talked to them for a while, and one of them seemed to like me.

The next afternoon, I decided to call her and ask her out for pizza. I remembered that her name was Jenny and that she lived on campus in Gulick Hall. Since I didn’t know her last name and there were about 1,500 students on campus, I decided to go through the phone directory looking for a Jenny in Gulick Hall. I finally found the number and gave her a call. “Hey, this is Jeff. Would you like to go out for dinner tonight?”

A long pause. “Sure, I guess so.”

“Great!” I said. “I’ll pick you up at six.”

“Who did you say you were?” she asked.

“Jeff—you know, the guy you were talking to at the fast-food place yesterday.”

“I wasn’t there yesterday.”

Disgusted that her memory was so short, I insisted that she was there; and I reminded her of some of the things we’d talked about.

“I think you have the wrong girl,” she said and hung up.

embarrassed kiss iStock_000001590750_MediumOf course, I did have the wrong girl. I found out later that Jenny was really Ginny, which was short for Virginia. Worse: The two girls lived on the same hall. it didn’t take long for the whole dormitory to hear about how I called a perfect stranger and asked her to dinner.

For weeks, it was hard to walk around campus without a paper sack over my head; but there’s good news. First, Ginny and I ended up dating for quite a while. Second, I got to know Jenny and became friends with her too. Third, after college we all went our separate ways; and I have not been reminded of that moment ever again (until now). Fourth, I learned that it is a good idea to get a girl’s last name and correct phone number before asking her out on a date. Now, only God remembers my most embarrassing moment—and, of course, you. The good thing about God is that God doesn’t keep reminding us of our embarrassing moments. As for you, I trust that you won’t tell a soul.

 

DIG DEEPER

Proverbs 29:25 (GNT) says, “It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.”

An embarrassing moment is not so embarrassing if we are alone. The main problem is the impression we make on others. Embarrassing moments make other people laugh instead of thinking, “Wow! There’s someone who has it all together!”

When embarrassing moments happen, it helps to know that we don’t have to impress God and that it’s OK to laugh at ourselves. The proverb says that we shouldn’t live our lives trying to impress other people. We should trust the Lord to love us even when we’re not dignified.

Jeff Rasche , of Camp Point, Illinois, is one cool guy! (Hope that doesn't embarrass you, Jeff!)

—from devozine (March/April 2004). Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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