Tuesday nights @ 7 I get to spend time with a really awesome group of people at the Southfield Public Library. They make up my Lifegroup. Although I would have never just randomly put these people together to just "hang out", for some reason this group makes sense and is so great! A couple of people were new tonight and a couple of people were out tonight…they were missed. Put everyone together and it’s so much fun!
Tonight I started my group off with a KWL chart about fear. KWL is a "before reading" strategy that teachers teach kids to do…write what you Know, what you Want to know, and then what you Learn. I wasn’t too sure how my group of adults would take to my "classroom" strategy, but it actually seemed to go as well in our group as it does in my classroom! Yay!
Then we started off our book together-Mark Batterson’s, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Brad actually
preached on fear two days ago, and it led perfectly into our discussion tonight. (Thanks, Brad!:) We had some great, authentic discussion, and it whetted my appetite for the discussions that we’re going to have these next couple of months, as we wrestle through this together. It pumped me up!
We ended our night by doing something that I used to do as a Discipleship Leader, back in college…and we did something similar a few weeks ago, too…we wrote to ourselves. We wrote down fears that we have about our current life, and fears that we have about the future…things we want to overcome. We sealed them up in labeled envelopes and I’ll return them in a couple months-or perhaps the fall.
Community is built through times like these-or at least they start in times like these. I thank God for Sylvia, Joi, Cheryl, Stacey, Mark and Don….and Jayne when she can make it:)
I may come back to jot some thoughts down about fear, as we go through this book together. I already added some things to my "L" column on my chart! 🙂