What do you do when you are feeling low? Well since I am not really the drinking kind of girl (except for that one trip to the coast) I went back to find encouragement in some of the things that God has already talked to me about. Today…. I was encouraged to finally post a “speech” (for lack of a better word) that I gave at a women’s breakfast last year.
Good morning. My name is Cheryl Mendoza. I am usually with the preK (Sunday school) department on Sunday mornings, but they let me out to speak to you today. If things don’t seem to be going well, I may fall back on a trusty puppet to liven things up a bit.
I was graciously invited here this morning by Mona, to come and speak with you. Well, she really only invited me to the breakfast…..then I kind of invited myself to speak and I have to tell you that she immediately and enthusiastically said YES. No questions as to why, what was I thinking? So to Mona I say thank you. Not only for bringing us all together, but trusting me with some of the precious time we have here this morning. Then of course she asked if I could help MC the event…I thought…no problem. They have to be easier than preschoolers….right?
So after I had invited myself to be a part of this event. I continued to chat with Mona about what was on her heart and the motivation behind getting all of us together. She mentioned this study “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeuest. What moved her heart was community….each one of us having a place. When I heard the heart reasons behind the event, I was hooked. But the more we chatted, the more I knew that God had a plan. You see, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about circles. That’s right….I am a blogger. So here is my shameless plug…..Cherylmendoza.com. So I wrote about circles. And it was really because of something that happened to me in the preK class.
I was filling in for one of the ladies, and it was during 2nd service, so there was a LOT of kids. As we brought them in and worked to get them into their circle, we were running out of room. So without thinking, I said, “let’s make our circle bigger so we can let more friends in.” I heard myself saying it….and knew then that it was important. In the blog I wrote of the little slice of heaven that seemed to be pictured that day. We have a diverse group of kids… and to see them move back to let more in was amazing. It was also a little heartbreaking.
I get it…. Sometimes it is hard to keep that open spot for someone new. That open spot leaves a big question mark. Will a new person change the dynamic? Will they bring in baggage? Can I trust them? Do they have a good pot luck recipe? There are all sorts of questions, but more than likely, the answers are not deal breakers.
A couple of days after that happened, Marcus had posted on FB about his small group. Now I have seen the pics of his group. They seem to really enjoy each other, learn from each other and boy do they eat some good food!! This post though was announcing the split of this group. It was not due to a problem, but to fulfill its purpose. They had grown so large, that they split into two, so that each group would then have room for new people. They made their circle smaller, so that they had room to grow bigger and make room for new friends. Room for more people, room to give somebody a place.
Acts 6:7 – God’s message was preached in ever-widening circles, and the number of disciples increased vastly in Jerusalem; and many of the Jewish priests were converted too.
Ladies, we have two groups in this room. Those who are in a circle and those who are not. For those of you who are, I would encourage you to be intentional in keeping those circles open. Continue to make sure you are not accidently closing the loop without even knowing it. You have a place for someone who needs it. Remember when you did not have a place? Do all you can to make it easy for those on the outside.
And I want to encourage you who are trying to find your place. It is not easy! I have
been in the preK dept so long, and now that I am out, I am just trying to find my new place. It is somewhat uncomfortable at times, but I know the harder it is, the better the payoff will be. The ladies in my new group are getting to know me, and I am privleged in starting to know them. Keep at it! Don’t let being uncomfortable keep you away from what God wants for all of us. Community. Influence. Support. And where ever widening circles of the good news spread as far as God will take it!