Good morning, mini-women! I hope your Easter was just glorious, and that you're already having a great Easter Tuesday. Yeah, the cool thing about the Easter Season is that it lasts until Ascension Day, because that's the time that Jesus was on earth in his resurrected form. I mean, can you even imagine what a completely cool time that was for the disciples? First they knew Jesus was dead. Then they were sure somebody had stolen his body. Then they realized he had come back to life. Unlike before his death, when a lot of times they just didn't get what he was telling them about who he was, now they REALLY believed, and had a chance to ask all the questions they wanted before he ascended into heaven. If you've ever had someone you loved die, you know that feeling of, "I wish I could talk to her one more time," or "I wish I could give him just one more hug." They had that chance, and it must have been amazing. That's why I love the part of Easter that comes after Easter Day. It's like we can ask all our questions and have them answered.
I continue to love the questions you've been asking, and today we're going to focus on TALIA's, which is: "How can I stop focusing on Christians' bad points and faults and start focusing on the good stuff and helping them bring that out? Without being judgmental?"
You know what's cool about your question, Talia? You practically answered it yourself! You (a) know that we shouldn't be all thinking about what everybody's doing wrong and (b) see that the thing to do is to dwell on their good points, and (c) get that your job isn't to judge them but to help them and (d) that you need to do all of that without seeming like you're the boss of everyone.
You know what to do. The question is "How"?
So here's what I'd like for you all to do. I'm away this week at the Academy for Spiritual Formation, where I go for five days 4 times a year to spend intense time with God and with other people who are on a journey like mine. That means I won't be posting again until next Tuesday. While I'm away, I'd like for YOU to help each other figure out the HOW. Here's how to do that:
(1) Post about a time when some Christian kids you knew were "getting distracted", as Talia put it, and you felt like they needed to get back on track.
(2) Tell us whether you (a) tried to straighten them out and it didn't work; or (b) were afraid to try so you just left it alone; or (c) tried to set them right and it did work; or (d) just told on them and let someone else worry about it.
(3) After reading a bunch of people's comments, post what you think the right approach IS -- not in a preachy way, but like: "Here's what I've decided to do next time this happens."
(4) Try to include the Bible passage that seems to say, "This is how you handle this kind of stuff."
(5) Apply what you've learned and tell us how it worked out.
Now, that's a LOT of stuff! Obviously you aren't going to post it all at once. You have seven days, so take your time and post as you make discoveries and try things out.
I'll be reading your comments while I'm away, so know that I'll be with you. It's going to be VERY important, with all this going on, that you not chator get off topic or post tiny comments like, "Anybody there?" because those will all come into my in-box. Just follow the usual guidelines, and if a new person joins us while I'm gone, please let them know in your best Tween You and Me way what the rules are. I'll miss you, but I'll feel like we're together as I read about this new part of your journey as FaithGirlz.