As is the usual, last night was small group night with my high school girls and my awesome co-leader, Lynzie. Something has happened with our group this spring and it's been so exciting! The Lord has allowed them to open their hearts and have conversations that are very very real. Walls have come down and opened the door for some pretty awesome talks. They've been the kind of discussions that many adults (even many church-going adults) would struggle to be open and honest about. I have enjoyed listening to their hearts and how completely transparent they are about their faith, their convictions and their sometimes-struggles with both. Last night didn't disappoint.
In the last couple of months, our conversations have covered these (and many other) topics:
Are people married in heaven?
Do we blame Satan for sin or humans?
What is heaven really like?
How do I reach others around me most effectively - by simply living the life and not pushing them or with a more conscious decision to have conversations about the gospel?
At what point on the scale are people cold, lukewarm or warm in their faith? Where does on fire sadly turn into being lukewarm?
Is it a sin to be homosexual?
What baggage from my past do I bring to my relationship with the Lord?
Faith vs works
true inner beauty
Women's role within the church/home/family
Tough stuff - many things that I don't have the answer for or at best feel the Lord has taught me through His word. I urge them to seek the truth out through scripture and prayer instead of relying on my word for it's surely not the standard by which to live.
Thanks, Lord, for putting me in a place of ministry that blesses me 10x the amount I put in. I don't deserve to be in their presence in the place you've put me!
Their generation is hurting, no doubt, but Wednesday nights give me hope! All is not lost - they long to stand firm and stand tall for the Lord. There is hope!