A few times I’ve done a writing exercise called “Five Minute Friday” over at the Gypsy Mama. You take the prompt, write for five and link it up. Today again I happened to see the prompt . . .
I’ve begun being a study leader for college girls at my church here this term. Sitting around the table with them the first time I felt two things powerfully: my age and the differences between my life and theirs. I remembered something I haven’t thought about in a while but is true nonetheless–I’m not, never have been, very cool. What was I thinking? How am I going to be “relevant” for these girls? (I remember when skinny jeans were in the first time!)
But my girls are delightful. Intimidatingly delightful. Absolutely lovely, fun to be with, and of course, ridiculously smart–that’s sort of a given in Oxford. So I’ve kept on. And as we’ve studied the gospel of Mark together I’ve been reminded. My life may not seem “relevant” for them at the moment–but God’s word surely is. That’s the great leveler. We all need that. (“I can’t believe you’re here,” I say to a girl whose fiancé was in town for the evening. “Oh, yes,” she says, “I need this!”)
We-the-church. We-the-different-parts-of-the-body of Christ growing up together in the faith for the glory of God. We-sisters. We walk together, life-on-life, as God has designed, and in that we grow.