Hellooooo, Mini-Women! And welcome back, MARYBETH. We've missed you and we're glad you've returned to the tribe! We totally get how life can become pretty crowded, and I hope none of you ever feel like you can't rejoin us after you've been dealing with other stuff for a while. The blog-door is always open.
As I was reading your comments on "The Tough Side of W" , I thought, like I do all the time with you mini-women, that this world is going to change for the better because you're in it.
You're doing all the things that need to happen before the bad can change to good:
- You're admitting how hard it is to be as welcoming as Jesus said we have to try to be. As ASHLYN put it, "Sometimes, being a child of God and always trying to do the right thing can almost make you want to do the wrong thing during really tough times." Ya think?
- You're seeing the exact places where you need to take a big breath of the Holy Spirit and do that "right thing." Include the new girl in the book club. Be nice to the boy bully at your school. Get outside your small circle of safe friends. Refuse to join in when friends are being snarky. Look for people to be welcoming to. Stop fighting with your siblings over the silly stuff. All of that came from you.
- You're not trying to do it alone. You come here, to Tween You and Me, where, as OLIVIA said it to perfectly: "All you girls on this blog are amazing people. You girls are definitely welcoming! Thank you for being so supportive and loving."
Yeah, you can change this world by welcoming one person at a time, and by being part of a community that wants to do it with you.
So what's next in the alphabet of qualities to develop so that you know for sure, for sure and indeed that God is right there, ready to guide you? This one's a toughie, because it's the letter --
And in this case it might not stand for "xylophone". (Was there ever an alphabet picture book that DIDN'T use this musical instrument as the example for X?) The words you choose, of course, need to fit into this sentence:
If I'm going to totally get that God is here, right now, with me, I need to be X______.
Okay, so I just took a peek into my Thesaurus, and there is only ONE WORD in there that starts with X! This could be a tough one, so let's change it up a little:
X You MAY use the dictionary for this one, as long as you totally understand the words you post. For example, you wouldn't suggest "xenophobic" because I'm sure it's safe to say you have no clue what it means. Besides, it means "deep fear of people from other countries," which is the opposite of what should go in that blank.
X You MAY use words that aren't adjectives. For example, you could suggest, "like a xylophone." You'll probably want to explain it ...: "like a xylophone, making a joyful noise for God."
In Tuesday's post, we'll talk about why X is a letter of mystery. And who doesn't love a good mystery, right?