The gospel according to fandom

If you’ve read any of my past posts, you know that I’m a fan of a lot of things. I’m a huge nerd and when I love something, I love it. I watched all eight Harry Potter movies in a day and a half. I watch entire seasons of TV shows in a day and I’ve watched the entirety of the Doctor Who continuation three times. I own every season of The Office, Friends, and Community. I have a Pinterest account and 80% of the things I pin are about something that I seriously nerd out about (the other 20% is recipes for desserts with a lot of chocolate). And that nerdiness has begun to seep into my relationships. I’ve convinced many a person to watch Community and I recently got one of my friends to enter into the Doctor Who fandom (ok, so she’s just going to watch it, but nine times out of ten that results in fandom). Some may say I’m suffering from a nerd addiction, but I’m loving every minute of it.

But here’s the thing, I wish it were as easy to convince someone of the gospel as it is to convince them to watch a television show or read a book series. Maybe it is, but I just don’t put as much effort into it, which is an awful thought. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recommended a TV show, movie, band, or book to someone. It happens at least once on most days. It comes so naturally to me, and I’m sure many others, to share the things they love with the people they love. So why is it so hard to tell someone about Jesus? I mean, He’s so much better than any story I could recommend to someone, but I find myself telling people about Him less and less. The gospel is something that I love immensely, so why am I so hesitant to share it with the people I love?

30 Things

So I found this thing on Pinterest (which, by the way, is possibly the greatest internet invention since Netflix instant stream) and I thought it would be fun to participate. This girl, who wrote this blog, decided to write about herself each day using this list of 30 things. She did it every day for a month, but I won’t necessarily be able to do that because I’m going to Rockbridge with my Wood County Young Life friends in seven days! I’m really frickin’ excited. Anyway, I’ll do my best to do one thing from the list each day except when I’m gone.

So today, we start with 20 random facts about myself.

  1. I have been a Young Life leader for two months and some change and I already get to go on a camp trip. It’s exciting.
  2. My name is Mary Margaret and I go by Maggie. I’m partially named after a TV show character. No surprise in how my life turned out.
  3. My dog’s name is also Maggie. Sometimes my dad calls her Mary Margaret when she’s in trouble. But that’s not quite right.
  4. If we pretend that I live in Dayton (which I pretty much do), I have lived in alphabetical order. Alliance, Billings, Custer, Dayton. Bowling Green kinda ruined my groove.
  5. If I can get away with it, I prefer to go barefoot.
  6. I write all my prayers in a journal because if I try to pray out loud or in my head, I get really distracted and forget what’s happening.
  7. I really love old timey dances. I Charleston when I can. Unfortunately for me, the Jitterbug doesn’t quite work with Lady Gaga.
  8. I make a lot of weird noises. Words are hard, but grunts and squeals usually make perfect sense for what I’m trying to explain.
  9. I watched the entire third season of Parks and Recreation yesterday.
  10. On my first day of my new job, I threw away someone’s food before they were finished eating it. Oops.
  11. I kind of like old comedies better than newer ones. They’re much more clever.
  12. I frequently have dreams in which I marry celebrities or fictional characters. It’s pretty weird.
  13. I check the weather with great frequency. I don’t know if it’s my history as an outdoor lifeguard or my mother’s former addiction to The Weather Channel, but I definitely have a fascination with it.
  14. I’ve never understood women complaining about men leaving the toilet seat up. It takes a millisecond from your life to put it down. It’s not that hard.
  15. I have a hard time falling asleep in silence. The sleep function on TVs is one of my favorite inventions.
  16. I own all ten seasons of Friends on DVD. I watch them when I fall asleep.
  17. My favorite flowers are daisies. They’re so cute.
  18. Despite my love of bare feet, I have more pairs of shoes than I know what to do with. Five of those pairs are TOMs.
  19. I was one class short of getting an honors diploma in high school, but instead I took a semester of creative writing and a semester of film & literature. I’m very much OK with that.
  20. I’ve never actually watched any of the Star Wars movies.