Today’s prompt is: Open.
I didn’t know that serving would break my heart open wide.
(No, I’m not talking about when I lived abroad and faced poverty on a daily basis. That broke me in a different way.)
I’m talking about saying “yes” to a challenge at church, one which scared me a little. I always try to keep an open mind, and keep an eye for new adventures. But I was still apprehensive of this “yes”.
I didn’t know that serving as a small group leader for a group of girls would open my eyes to something entirely different. How it would bring me great joy each week as I head off to church. Just a few hours that were already open in my schedule, a couple of hours that were easy to commit each week.
And so I said yes. And I went to my first small group session with these girls on the first Sunday of the year. Cracks formed on my heart, and joy started seeping in. The cracks grew wider and joy brought along gratitude. And finally, a few weeks ago, my heart burst wide open for these girls.
Who I really only met a couple of months ago.
Who I only see once a week for about an hour.
But who I now care for whole-heartedly. Who I want to see know Jesus. Girls who I want to see turn to Jesus with every problem that comes their way.
And as their faith grows, so does my own.
And my eyes were opened to the power of service in the local church.
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