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I think everyone must have their own “never say never” story, and this is mine.
I have been involved with my church’s 20s/30s singles group for quite a few years now, and something we’ve done for a long time is discipleship groups (or d-groups). These are small gender-specific groups that meet during the week, usually at someone’s house, for deeper fellowship and Bible study. I really enjoy d-groups and signed up for one right away. But after I had been a member of a d-group a couple of times, our leader, Kelly, started asking me to think about leading or co-leading one.
My immediate reaction was to say an emphatic “no.” I had recently quit teaching middle school Sunday school after six years and was pretty burnt out from it. People tried to tell me that facilitating a d-group was not the same as being a Sunday school teacher, but I did not believe them and would not consider doing it. Kelly asked me multiple times over the semesters before I just told her to please stop asking – I would let her know if I changed my mind. I never did, and I truly never thought I would.
Fast forward a few years – I had gone through a period where I did not participate in d-groups because I wanted to have my evenings more open, and our Sunday School class had changed leadership. But, we still had d-groups. Toward the end of 2018, I started really feeling a desire to be back in a group – almost a thirst for it. So, I joined back in for the Spring 2019 groups, and the best way to explain it is that God did a work in me that semester. I began experiencing growth like I had not in a long time, and I even started to think something funny toward the end of that semester – I think I want to co-lead a d-group!
However, I had been so adamant about not leading one in the past that I didn’t volunteer. I told myself that if someone else asked me, I would say yes; that would be my sign that I was supposed to do it. No one did, so I shrugged (mentally) and just joined as a member again in the fall. By December, I didn’t feel the same desire to lead anymore, and was just back to minding my own business.
Then, one of my co-leaders (I had had the same two co-leaders for all of 2019) stepped down, and the other one texted me to ask me to think about co-leading with her in Spring 2020. She had gone to someone else in leadership with my name, and that person had told her that she didn’t think I would do it but that she could ask anyway. I’m so glad she did! Fittingly, a verse from our study this week is Ecclesiastes 3:1: “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.” How true that is!
After we’d gotten started, Kelly texted me and said, “I just want to let you know how proud I am of you for leading a D group” and after I responded she added, “all in His timing sweet friend.”Published in