WORSHIPING WHO I was made to be for God WAITING (on God’s answers)
WATER (like his living water) … WATER-LIKE WONDERFUL (as in full of wonder)
WHIMSICAL WATCHFUL WISE WHOLEHEARTED WHITE (as in pure as snow)
WOW, WHAT a list. You WOCK ... um, rock.
The one I chose was the same one HALLE BELLE picked --
I think HALLE and I came up with that one for different reasons, though. HALLE BELLE said she was thinking of welcoming God. That definitely works in that blank, doesn't it?
To know God is here, we need to be welcoming him, open to the fact that he's present.
She's right. You were ALL right with your words. I was just looking at it this way:
To know God is here, we need to be welcoming other people ... even the ones who are hard to be around.
Don't you kind of wish I hadn't brought that up? Worshiping and wondering and watching and being wise -- those all sound lovely. But opening up to people like this is WAY hard:
* the new kid at church or school or dance class when you already have your group of friends established
* the girl who wants to sit at your lunch table but she chews with her mouth open and laughs like a dying crow
* the boy who follows you around at church like a puppy dog
* the kid who makes fun of your freckles or your birthmark or your backpack every chance he gets
* the younger sibling who will NOT stay out of your stuff
Why do we have to do THAT to know God's close? Doesn't that just make you all cranky, so all you can think of is "Leave me ALONE!"
It does, until we consider what Jesus said about loving our enemies and praying for those who hate us. (check it out in Matthew 5: 43-48) He doesn't make a suggestion. He doesn't say, "You'll be a nicer person if you smile at that absurd little creep." He says love them. Welcome them. Do it. You have to.
Really? What if they make fun of you? Laugh in your face? Or what if your friends won't hang with you if you let that person come to your party, sit at your table, hang with you after church?
Okay -- Jesus doesn't say "Be best friends with everybody." He wasn't. He called the Pharisees a brood of vipers, for Pete's sake -- and there are definitely some groups in society that I would like to say that to. But --
* he loved everyone
* he wished no one harm
* he asked God to be with them, change their hearts
* he shared who he truly was with even the nastiest people
What does that look like for you, 9, 10, 11, 12 years old? Are you supposed to tell that boy creature who cannot leave you alone that you love him? Do you just smile when the RMG (Really Mean Girl) snorts at you in the middle of math class? Do you invite the kids who cuss and cheat and bully people over to your house?
You do the tween girl version of the Jesus Welcome:
* Stay away from the word "hate"
* Realize they're all God's kids, so there has to be good in there somewhere. Look for it.
* Don't wish them any harm and definitely don't DO them any harm. That includes gossip, spreading rumors and lashing back.
* Pray for them, and not, "Please, God, let something heavy crash down on them." More like, "God, there has to be something really wrong for somebody to behave that way. Will you heal that?"
* Let them bring out the best in you.
If you want to leave a comment, tell us about one person (don't mention any names, of course) who is hard to welcome AND tell us which one of those ways of showing the tween girl version of the Jesus Welcome that would be the HARDEST to do. Better yet, do it and report in.
Before you say, "I just can't DO that!", know that I have faith in you. And I'm not the only one. So does your fellow Mini-Woman, SARA.