I had nothing to do with it.
They announced it and she begged to do it. So I did my parental duty – I said yes and drove her to practices, events and performances.
Frankly, I don’t know if I would have done it. It sounds kind of terrifying to me. Terrifying and amazing. Like running a marathon or bungee jumping.
Scratch that. Bungee jumping just sounds terrifying.
My daughter and 39 of her friends gave up a couple weekends and trick or treating on Oct 31. They gave up costumes and eating candy. Instead they gave hours and hours and hours of work to learn dramas, dances and how to tell their God story.
On Halloween night, they performed on one of the busiest trick or treating streets in town. They passed out candy and lemonade to thirsty kids.
My daughter and her friends did a fun dance to a Toby Mac song. Other friends performed a powerful drama. A couple kids shared their God story. Then the children’s pastor asked if anyone wanted to know more about Jesus.
I saw a couple hands go up.
And…I watched my little girl walk over, talk and pray with one of them. Some children get candy on Oct. 31, this young man got a Savior.
The last count I heard, 15 people – including a family and a drug dealer (!), gave their lives to Jesus this past week.
10 year olds can impact eternity.
I know these kids. They aren’t perfect. They don’t walk around with a holy glow, float two feet above the ground or recite Nehemiah for fun.
They are just like any other kids. They fight with their siblings, eat too many sweets, and grumble about chores.
But they made themselves available to God and He used them powerfully.
My church is one of the most uncomfortable places I’ve ever been. And that’s why my husband and I moved here. We love that our family is constantly challenged to serve more, give more, love more, surrender more.
It’s definitely not a perfect church (no church is), but it is filled with people falling forward. People who’s attitude is, “If I’m going to make a mistake, I want to make it by loving God and loving others too much….”
If it were up to us, we would have just stayed at home and passed out candy.
But since we threw ourselves into this flow of people, this church, doing all they can to love God and love others, we get taken by the current to places we never would have gone on our own.
And my 10 year old has brought a few new friends with her…
How Can You Jump in the Current?
So, my question to you today, is how are you getting uncomfortable?
I know not everyone has a church community that inspires and challenges them. But with technology there are SO many ways to surround ourselves with people who push us forward.
A few ways to get uncomfortable:
Sign up for the next session of HelloMornings.
Listen to podcasts – maybe this one?.
Read biographies – these could be great story time books (affiliate link).
Find an online church – like lifechurch.tv
Listen to sermons online – I enjoy Francis Chan’s sermons on Youtube.
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