I have had the opportunity to be part of numerous small groups throughout the years. I love small groups. They stretch us spiritually and relationally. Sometimes conversations are hard and awkward, and other times it’s hard to believe how much time has passed because the conversation has been so good.
I have great things to share about various small groups I’ve joined, but for the purpose of this post I will focus on my current small group.
I love these guys.
We have such a great mix of people. Newlyweds, married with young children, and married with grown children. People who have been part of Daystar for years and years, and others who just joined a few months ago. There are those who have found their life-long careers, and others who are still searching.
Each person has something valuable to bring to the table. We learn from each other in our differences and are able to encourage each other as we share our hearts.
Our prayer time has been extra special. As we are open about our struggles and concerns, we lift one another up to the Lord. I love listening to the people in our group pray. It is life-giving and so precious to have a glimpse of what their conversations with the Lord might typically look like. Praying together with other believers is powerful.
One of my favorite things about this group, is the fact that we have not been afraid to share our weaknesses. I love that we do not have to be perfect! If we let Him, God will constantly work in our lives and one of the first steps to let Him do that is through vulnerability with others. We find strength in numbers.
Each semester, small groups are asked to do a service project of some nature. One of our members works at a nursing home and told us that there are some people who live there who very rarely have visitors. So, as a group we decided to go do some visiting last night. Those with musical talent played Christmas carols and sang some old hymns. The rest of us went around and chatted with a few of the residents.
Last night was challenging for me. I was a little afraid I wasn’t going to understand someone, or that I might offend them if I said the wrong thing. But, as the night went on, it got a little easier, and I got to see quite a few smiles. It was worth it.
And that is what small group is all about. Loving each other in our weaknesses, pushing one another toward Christ, and encouragement as we live for the Kingdom. To everyone in my group this semester, I am so glad to have this opportunity to connect with you! I am thankful for each and every one of you, and I’m always sad to see you go when the night ends. Thank you for being such a great group!