Meet Me at In N Out

Pastor Mark Hopper

Pastor Mark Hopper

By Mark Hopper

One of my favorite lunch spots is In N Out Burger.  The prices are right and the food is great.  I love their burgers, fries and chocolate shakes too!

Recently I arranged to meet a guy for lunch to discuss a project he was working on.  He works down in Orange County so we decided to meet somewhere half way between his office and my office in Diamond Bar.

I suggested we meet at In N Out on Chapman Avenue.  He agreed.  It seemed like a simple and clear plan.

However, did you know there are actually two Chapman Avenues in Orange County?  One Chapman Avenue is in Fullerton near the campus of Cal State Fullerton just west of the 57 Freeway.

The other Chapman Avenue is in the city of Orange and extends from west of the 57 Freeway to east of the 55 Freeway.

And, to make matters worse, there are In N Out Burgers on both Chapman Avenues!

I’m sure that you already know what happened.  I drove from my office down the 57 Freeway to the In N Out by the Cal State Campus.  My friend drove from his office to the In N Out restaurant which is on the Chapman Avenue that is east of the 55 Freeway.

He was looking for me and I was waiting for him.  Both of us were on time and both of us were at In N Out Burger, but we were miles apart at different locations.

I was thankful that we both had our cell phones with us.  He called wondering where I was and I told him that I was looking for him too.

When we realized what happened, I jumped back into my car and drove to the location where he was waiting.  We enjoyed our time together and the good food, too.

I wonder if this happens in other areas of life.  Married couples think they have reached an agreement on something only to find out that their spouse had a different plan in mind.

I’m sure this happens in business too.  A supplier may think he is correctly filling an order from a customer,  but the customer may have actually requested a different size or product.

There can be misunderstanding and miscommunication in many areas of our lives.  We need to be clear and specific when agreeing on a plan of action.

Let me encourage you to be clear in what you say and clarify what you think others have said.  Effective communication is vital in every area of our lives.

I wonder if there is an In N Out “app” that I can add to my phone so that the next time I make a important  lunch appointment I will know where I am going?

Pastor Mark Hopper

Efree Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd

(909) 594-7604

Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM