I lead a group of senior girls. I first started leading this group when they were sophomores, and there was one girl in particular who was trouble. She’s the kind of student you pray doesn’t come to church. You know she needs to be there, but at the same time you don’t want her there. She openly said she didn’t want a relationship with God; she only came because her mom made her. Most of the time, she attempted to skip small group time so she could make out with her boyfriend.
Last year, she announced she would be moving to North Carolina. Secretly, I jumped for joy, and the past year without her has been much easier to say the least. My girls opened up more because they were no longer afraid of being ridiculed, and the group really began to gel.
Last Sunday, she showed up at church. My heart dropped when I saw her (I sound so terrible!). She informed me that she would probably be moving back to town.
After greeting her, I thought about how not excited I was about her being there. The communicator spoke about eternity, and I was reminded that our days are numbered and we will spend eternity somewhere. In that moment, I thought about the great opportunity to talk to her about eternity. I was reminded to not give up on the ones you want to give up on. God has a plan. And maybe, just maybe, you have the opportunity to be part of a pivotal moment in a student’s life.