…how lives are being changed by God’s grace at Bethany
then go do it!
During my time at Bethany, I’ve been very uncomfortable. Sometime during Winter 2011 and Spring 2012, our family started attendingBethany. I only remember this because our youngest daughter, Stella, was 1 year old at the time and our oldest daughter, Amelia, was 3 years old. I saw some familiar faces right away because I grew up in Weyers Cave, but I was still unsure, trying to see if Bethany would be a good fit for our family. I didn’t take long to figure out Bethany was where I belonged. We hadn’t been going to Bethany for a full year when I joined Bethany church. As a member, I was willing to give to the church financially, be part of missions, and be at church during worship on Sunday mornings. I was a little more hesitant to join a small group. Being part of a small group made me uncomfortable … not the reading books part, the sharing feelings part. As an introvert, I find in enjoyment in reading, cross stitching, and running. Talking in groups (large or small) wears me out. But, I knew it would be good for me, and I know I needed to step out of the box I feel so comfortable in, so I made the commitment to do the uncomfortable. This pattern would continue during my time at Bethany. Next example; speaking in front of church. I’ll let you in on a secret that only Pastor Brad can see from where he sits behind the pulpit. When I speak in front of the church, while my voice is clear, my knees shake uncontrollably behind the podium. Whether I’m talking during a mission moment or reading for a skit, my knees shake. This also happened when I used to go rock climbing, and while I’m not 100% sure why this happens I’m going with the theory that the more I speak, the less my knees will shake. The jury is still out …
Next up on the list of uncomfortable things to do was going to Honduras. With two days remaining before I left for Honduras, I began to realize what I’d committed to. I was uncomfortable going somewhere new with a group of people, many of whom I didn’t know. Don’t get me wrong, I was very excited about going as well, just a tad bit uncomfortable as well … but that didn’t last very long. Here’s the great thing about being uncomfortable, and why I do things that make me uncomfortable … because that’s where growth happens! Going outside of the box I love so much is where I grow as a person and a follower of Jesus Christ. In small group, I’m able to share my story as other people share their stories and thoughts as well. Through this process we learn from each other what it means to be in community with each other as we strive to grow in our faith. I’ve also made lasting friendships with women I may not have normally had a conversation with on a Sunday morning. Speaking in front of church makes me put into words thoughts and feelings that I normally wouldn’t take the time to do. I am naturally motivated more by logic (numbers, percentages, & data), than by emotions (feelings). Going on a mission helped me see the big picture of what God can do when we trust in Him. It also helped me to see how the simple act of helping others can make such an impact; not only on the people of Honduras, but on myself as well. My time at Bethany has been an adventure, and this is only the beginning. I continue to be uncomfortable; and I encourage you to find what makes you uncomfortable, then go do it. You’ll see God’s amazing grace, and how much He loves each one of us.
Click on past IMPACT stories:
IMPACT article: God’s Grace is Bigger Than My Fears – Stanley Houff
IMPACT article: Turn Right Instead of Left – Agnes Carter