Last night I taught at a friend’s church. Something happened that I will never forget.
No, my teaching wasn’t amazing. I was sick, had a crazy busy week, and didn’t bring my A game.
After I taught, I talked to a few of the high school girls. They admitted to me that it was the first time they had heard a woman preach/teach in a room of not just girls.
My first reaction was: What. Whoa.
My second reaction was: This is special. I remember my first time hearing a woman preach. I will never forget it. I even mentioned that to a few of the girls, who told me they’d never forget this either. One of them even said that she was feeling the call to ministry, but had never heard a woman preach or met a woman youth minister.
My third (and the most lingering) reaction was: How crazy that just three years ago, I still was in the same boat. I had never heard a woman preach before, but I was teaching my small youth group out of pure faith that this was something that God had called me to do.
Needless to say, I gave that girl my contact information and encouraged her. I get emails pretty often from young girls who are struggling with their call, but have no example and somehow find me from doing Google searches on the topic. One of my greatest joys is being there as a support for these girls. I hope I never forget where I came from and how God has molded my heart, because now I’m excited that I get to begin molding others.
2 thoughts on “The First Time”
I wish I had discovered your blog when I was on the faculty of a Bible college. Many young women with a sense of calling need the encouragement you bring.
And just a side note, I loved this quote from your “Mission” section: So, participate in life with me. Let’s learn lessons together. That’s one of the goals of my blogging as well. Community is key to Christian growth (well, human growth for that matter).
Blessings to you.
Wow, Lisa. Thanks for the encouragement. Excited to do life with you.