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. 

2 comments:

  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.

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

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