now that i know i’ve finally found my home, this life is not my own, whatever we go through, i will follow You
You held me up and made me learn to love more than myself, You took my hand before i knew there was more than myself
myself — fireflight
Before I started inclusion at my church’s youth group, I have likely mentioned before, that I declined opportunity to apply for inclusion positions at many, many daycares this past summer. This was for various reasons—such is life, you never know what you are getting into, until you are already in. Not trusting myself to have adequate skills was another one. When I was asked if I would want to try working with a sixteen-year-old at church, I handed it over to God, trusted Him that He was lining things up as He wanted . . . and said yes.
This began my experience in inclusion—working toward the full potential that just needs to be unleashed from the kids I volunteer with. I feel that as I grow in this experience that started five months ago, and grow in Jesus (the two very much go hand in hand, as does my current field of study at school with kinesiology and developmental studies, which is something only God could plan!) that this definitely, definitely was not an accident. I’m sure there was a lot of prayer involved that I did not know about, and I never would have dreamed when I said I would try, that it would lead to so much—so much adaptation, change in perspective, love.
I was recently asked by the parents of both of my girls I do inclusion with if we could arrange outside-of-youth hangouts or doing respite care for their families. We are now ironing out details, and I am excited to go out and have some fun on my first outing with one of them next Thursday.
I have thought of it time after time, how happy I am to be in my church. And in addition, how happy I am to be able to work one-on-one with the kids in a group setting but not be a small group leader. How exciting it is that it has led to experiences such as those that have been transpired, how much I am growing, and how only God could have brought me here, how I am GROWING in Him.
There is nothing boring about being alive.
Life throws out the unexpected. Curveballs. So what else to do but CATCH them and make the most of it! LEARN, help others, LOVE and do your best to follow where God is leading!