This month has gone so quickly. I can hardly believe we’re at the end of February already! Anyway, I promised a reflection post at the end of each month in 2017, so here are some reflections and highlights from February.
New Discoveries and Highlights:
- When I thought about aims and goals for the year, I did not plan to try a new fitness class every month, but so far that’s what seems to have happened. My new discovery in February was Clubbercise, which is basically aerobics in a darkened room with disco lights, mirror balls and glow sticks!
It’s a strange thing for me to get involved in for two reasons. Firstly, clubbing has never been my thing. It is something I have endured on the odd occasion but never enjoyed. Secondly, I have been going to this with five or six others from my church! We were invited by some people we are getting to know in the local community, and accepting their invitation to this has really built the relationships with them and opened them up more to our invitations to church activities. Clubbercise is not something I’d have imagined myself taking part in, but actually it is a lot of fun!
- It has been a good month for friendship and reminded me of how important it is to be intentional in devoting time and energy to friendships. This month I was able to meet with a childhood friend I have not seen in a long time. We have had occasional brief conversations but have not spent time with one another properly in several years. It was good to catch up, and I love those friendships where it doesn’t seem awkward no matter how long it’s been.
Friendships with people from my church are also developing and somehow I continue to be surprised by this. Last weekend I was leading a camp for 60 children and three church friends texted to ask how it was going and say they were praying. I know this is meant to be “normal” and how church should be, but it was not my experience for so long that I still don’t expect it. I’m just grateful that God has led me to this place and these people.
- The camp I led was a major focus this month. I struggle with the lead-up to camp. The responsibility feels overwhelming and it’s easy to get stressed and feel like everything depends on me. I realise that I always tend to fear that the worst will happen. I can conjure up any number of disaster scenarios and waste time worrying about them when none of them are ever really likely to happen. Actually the camp went very smoothly but it highlighted that I still really need to learn to trust God.
- After I led a Bible teaching session at the camp, a boy told me he had decided to become a Christian! This is particularly exciting as most of the opportunities I get to share about the Bible are in schools, and as these are within the curriculum, the purpose is education, helping children understand what Christians believe. In that context it is not appropriate to suggest any kind of response.
I love the work in schools and I am convinced it is important in laying a foundation for people beginning to explore who God is, but most of the time it is like preparing the ground. It is rare to actually see any fruit, so it was so exciting to be used by God in this way and to get to see the result!
My word of the year (Voice):
This month I have been challenged about persisting when my voice is not being heard- following the example of the widow Jesus spoke of who repeatedly came before the judge and refused to give in until her case was heard. Whereas my natural reaction if I am not being heard is to withdraw and shut down, the challenge this month has been about persisting and persevering.
I have also been challenged about listening more to God, not just speaking all the time, and as I have listened the main challenges have been around kindness and generosity to others- being intentional in doing that.
Finally, I have been reminded that the words that come out of our mouths reflect what is in our hearts: “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45 NLT)
Mosaic Of Grace- Shelley E. Johnson
“Just a pile of broken glass
Pieces of a painful past
Shattered by the storms of life
This is all that’s left inside
He can take the fallen pieces
And lay them in the perfect place
When His work is finally finished
You will be a mosaic of grace.”
Speak Life- Toby Mac
“Speak life, speak life
To the deadest darkest night
Speak life, speak life
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why
Look into the eyes of the broken hearted
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope
You speak love, you speak
You speak life.”
February Memory Verses:
How has your February been? Feel free to share a highlight or reflection in the comments.