What does your face say to the preacher? Tony Payne reports that according to a ‘mate’ of his, people wear one of four expressions on their faces during the sermon:-
- There’s the Shar Pei Dog, who presents a permanently grumpy, closed-off expression that makes clear to everyone that nothing and nobody is going to get through to him.
- There’s the Invisible Fairy Hunter, whose eyes flit everywhere, counting the bricks and checking out the ceiling, like Captain Hook in search of Tinker Bell.
- Then there’s the Stunned Mullet, who has on his face the expression of someone who has just been administered horse tranquilizer.
- And of course we have all seen (or been) the Dipping Duck, who is struggling mightily to remain awake, and whose head drops slowly into unconsciousness only to startle awake and begin the process all over again.
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Payne concludes: ‘Have a think about your facial ‘screen saver’, and whether the way you listen is an encouragement or discouragement to others.’
Payne, Tony. How to Walk Into Church (Kindle Locations 344-351). Matthias Media. Kindle Edition.