If you could ask God anything...
If youth had the chance to ask God anything, what would it be?
That was just one of the questions that we put forth in our youth class this week. There was a list of 6 questions. To keep things fun and lively, the kids had to roll the dice and answer the question that corresponded to their roll.
1. Name your favorite characteristic of Jesus.
2. Who taught you the most about Jesus?
3. If you could ask God anything, what would it be?
4. If you could be anyone in the Bible, who would you be and why?
5. What is your favorite story from the Bible and why?
6. If Jesus could tell you one thing today, what would he say?
It was a fun activity. My teacher fears of “who will be the first one to crack a joke?” or “who will take us way off topic and make it silly?” were quickly put to rest as they began to ponder and react and discuss in serious ways. By far, the most interesting question was the ‘ask God anything’ question. Have you ever wondered what youth might ask? Here is a sample of what was asked in our group:
“How did you create the universe – literally, how? Was it really a big bang? Did it really only take 6 days? Exactly how did it happen?”
“What do you think of the whole evolution argument? What’s the truth?”
“If you knew that man would sin, why did you create him anyway?”
“If Satan confessed his sins and acknowledged the authority and power of God, would he be forgiven and allowed in to the Kingdom?”
“If our memories are stored in our brains, and death is the end of life in the brain – will we recognize people we love when we get to heaven?”
“Are there other beings in the universe?”
I wish I had written them all down. They were so good and they provoked such good conversation. Once again, I am blown away with the depth of the youth in our class. When given the freedom and opportunity to ask questions and to debate them with their peers and loving adults, they go deep and get real. Good stuff!
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!