Friday, October 28, 2011

To be Relevant

It's once more time to join Gypsy Mama with Five Minute Friday, the day that we write just for the love of the word--no backspacing, no editing, writing straight from the heart. There are only a few rules:

    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
    2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
    3. Most importantly: leave a comment for the person who linked up before you – encouraging them in their writing!
The prompt today is: Relevant.

Relevant. It's what I want to be. It's what I wonder each week as I pull my girls into the little classroom back of church to slap paint on wood and stamps on paper. Is what I'm saying relevant to them? Am I actually teaching them things that they care about? Need to know? Want to learn? Will remember after they leave--and even for years later? Is what I'm saying relevant?

I ask myself that question when my sister in law and I plan together to have a young lady in the church over every couple of weeks--ostensibly to teach her the finer womanly arts of cake decorating and sewing and baby-watching. Really what we plan on doing is speaking encouragement to her heart, showing her she's is maturing into a woman of value, arming her with tools of scripture to fight the battles she's already facing. Can we do that with a few fancy cake decorating tips? Write God's love on her heart with a bit of colored icing? Will it work?

I wonder if I'm relevant, if I'm speaking the words that need to be said. I ask God to teach me what to say, and how to act--because "relevant" is so much more than the words that I speak. It doesn't matter if they remember me--what matters is that I use the abilities and voice that God has given me to the utmost, and that I encourage them to be the women of purpose He created them to be. 


  1. What a great post about being relevant. I agree, it is more about what you are saying, but that you are touching other people's lives. Very nicely said.

  2. Thanks!! I'm learning how important (and difficult!) it is to keep an eye on EVERYTHING I'm saying.