Friday, July 27, 2012

Five Minute Friday: Beyond

Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking

Five Minute Friday: Beyond


i had no idea what to expect that first night walking through the teen center doors.  i remember feeling awkward and nervous.  i knew that it'd be out of the box for me.  i had friends and hung out with them but i had never gone too far beyond my comfort zone.

this was way beyond my comfort zone.

my first night was rocky.  my second night was fun.  my third night these two girls ran and gave me a hug.  they never stopped running and hugging until they grew up and moved out of the teen activity age but by then other girls had adopted me as their go-to for advice.  it was weird. 

it was beyond what i expected.

then i became a manager.  then i became a mentor.  then i became a bible study leader.  each one pushed me just a step further.  and one day after bible study i knew i had said exactly what one young lady needed to hear.  i just couldn't remember what it was that i had said.  i knew God had said exactly what she needed to hear and i was convinced.

beyond a shadow of a doubt - our God is living and active.

our God takes people who are willing to be used beyond what they are comfortable with.  He gives them the realization that it is not about them, it is all about Him.  i think back not even that many years - where i am is beyond my wildest dreams and i am so thankful that God did not let me sit where i was but He pushed me beyond what i could imagine.  and when i remember that it is HIM and not at all me i am beyond words...


  1. this is a lovely post, and it makes me want to really push myself. i have always been scared of teens--even when i, myself, was a teen! and, truth be told...i still am. i think i need to push myself out of my comfort zone, and start to figure the "teen thing" out, because my oldest turned 10 this past weekend, and i'm almost a mom of a teen myself. thanks for making me think about something that i really want to put my head in the sand about. i need to ask God how to get ready.