Helloooooo, Mini-Women! I have a big ol' "YES!" smile on my face because I've just read your thoughts about what Y stands for in our alphabet of ways we need to be to really know God's far less than a yard away. (Brace yourselves, because I'm feeling a little silly this morning!)
Before we go there, I want to answer a couple of your questions about other things since this is, after all, your blog. Here we go:
(1) ADIE, it sounds like you could use one of our Mini-Videos for Mini-Women, called "When Your Friend Is a Bully." To get there, just click here. I'm so sorry that's happening, but we can help.
(2) Thank you SARA for telling us about some meanness going on in your life because you used to have a crush on a boy and now you don’t. We’ll talk about that in our very next series: The Whole Boy Thing. What you’ve shared will also make a great topic for a Mini-Video. Meanwhile, praying for you. What people are yakking away about you says a whole lot more about THEM.
Okay, back to Y. Here's what YOU came up with:
On God’s YACHT and in His boat! (so creative, ASHLYN!)
YELLING his praise to others
Use His wisdom like a YO-YO and find creative ways to spread it (also ASHLYN)
Believing in YOU (others)
Taking advantage of our YOUTH by being bold
Saying YES to God
Saying YAY about God
Like YEAST, so you can be light and airy to other people (Nice, ASHER)
YOURSELF (which is the whole message of Tween You and Me! )
We could also add:
have a YEN for God (that means desire)
yielding (to God's will)
taking his YOKE upon us (which Jesus says is not a heavy one)
Yikes! Y is a great close-to-God letter! Ready for mine (and Josie's?) Wait for it ...
Being young might be as far down the list of things you want to be as the letter Y is in the alphabet. You may be totally tired of people saying, "You're too young for that," when you KNOW you're so NOT!
But being young in the way we're talking about is NOT any of these things:
* acting all immature
* dressing like you're five
* being afraid to make choices
* being scared to try anything new
In fact, none of those things will make you aware that God is super-close.
What it does mean is what JOSIE mentioned in her comment. Jesus said we need to be like little children when it comes to our faith in God. He was talking to a group of grown-ups when he pulled a little kid into his lap and said:
"Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." (Matthew 18: 4-5)
THAT ticked off the rule-makers and Jesus-critics! Humble? Was he serious? Admit that a wiser person knows more than you do? Live like you have it all together even though you SO don't?
* Put total trust in God
* Look to God for the answers as you write in your Talking To God Journal and read and try to understand God's Word
* Listen to wise people
* Be delighted by the awesome things in God's world -- just like you were when you were a little kid and you saw your first firefly or licked your first ice cream cone or realized you could read.
Yes, Mini-Women, do grow up. Learn. Make choices. Do the hard things. But in your heart, in your love for God, stay young. Your whole life.
If you want to comment this time, will you do BOTH of these things?
(1) Tell us one place in you that has gotten "too old." You can choose one of these or think of your own:
a. I'm negative a lot, seeing the bad instead of looking for the good
b. I use sarcasm because I think it makes me sound older and cooler
c. I try to be all grown-up around people I want to impress (or just want to like me)
d. I act like I know things when I don't