A letter to my girls…
John spoke at Senior Sunday about being God’s art. I have had the honor and blessing to see you all truly come into your art. You are an amazing display of Jesus in this world, and I can’t wait to see what He does with each of you.
You have all brought something unique to this group. I’ve come to love so much about each one of you.
You have only been a part of this group for a year, but within this short time, you have made such a difference. You are eloquent, quick witted, and grace filled. You avoid small talk and go deep quickly. You speak, and people naturally listen. You shared your thesis on women in the church with us, and we loved it. The discussion that followed was profound. You made us think. I love that you are a champion for women and are not afraid of saying so, even if it goes against the grain in some respects. Continue going against the grain and questioning the status quo. That’s where change and progress happen.
I know you are a junior, but you deserve a place with these senior girls. You are a true example of a servant. You have modeled servant hood to all of us in the way you care for your family and help out at home. Your selflessness and willingness to sacrifice your personal wants and interests for others is remarkable. You’ve shown grace in the hard stuff, never letting circumstances get you down. You have a quiet strength and a strong heart. You work harder than any one I know, whether it’s at school or at home. You bring such a peaceful presence to our group. You are logical, efficient, and practical, and the Lord knows we need that in this group! You will make a fantastic leader to freshman girls next year.
You are a natural leader. As a small group, many topics were discussed and you often would lead discussions. You are able to do so without dominating them. You bring depth to conversations and discussions that are well beyond your years. You are loyal and honest. As a natural leader, you think outside the box, bringing out critical thinking in others. You never let a hard lesson go wasted. I love this. Through difficult circumstances, you always rise up stronger, braver, and wiser. And then, after all that, you use the lesson you’ve learned to minister to others. That is a gift. You have the perfect blend of confidence and humility. Your make everyone laugh, and the atmosphere is immediately lighter when you are present.
You put a brush to a canvas, and it comes alive. You have maintained such a sweet innocence and girlish-ness in a world that has done everything in its power to make you grow up too fast. I love that we can talk about Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Pride and Prejudice as if we were school girls just reading them for the first time. You feel deeply, and that is a gift. I love that we have the same emotional scale! You are brave and courageous. You jumped on a plane all by your sweet self to travel to New York to learn more about painting and art for a week. Keep doing those things that scare you! Your smile and happy disposition is contagious. It is impossible not to smile and be happy around you. You don't take yoruself to seriously; always up for doing something fun and silly.
You’re always smiling and laughing and that has been such an asset to this group. You are strong willed and unafraid to speak your opinion, even if others disagree. Your convictions are strong, and you always know where you stand on something. You are not wishy-washy in your beliefs; rather you are steadfast and assured. Your biblical knowledge is amazing. There were so many times we had random questions about something we were studying, and you jumped in with the explanation or answer. You are bright and so sharp. You are such an artist, whether it be drawing, singing, or dancing!
You are wise beyond your years. Your creativity astounds me from your drawing to your music to your photography. You see art in things when no one else does. You find opportunity and potential in the most unlikely places, bringing beauty out of the ordinary and seemingly mundane. You are thoughtful and never let the world hurry you, always taking the time to see. You carry a sense of peace and calmness with you. Your laughter is contagious. You have a gentle and kind spirit. Any time someone new came into our group, you were always the one to welcome them with open arms and to make sure they weren’t feeling left out. You have such a beautiful gift of hospitality!!
Your competitive and lively spirit has brought so much to my life and to this group. Whether on the tennis court or in small group, you bring a level of discipline, intensity and passion that is essential. You constantly push yourself past your comfort zone spiritually and physically. You are an encourager and a motivator. You are so intuitive. You always know when some one is not herself and then you follow up. Always follow up on your intuitions! You seek wisdom from others when you aren’t sure of what action to take and that takes courage. I love when you call to ask if something is OK or not, even it is at midnight! Your moral compass is strong! And you are just plain fun, girlfriend!
I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to have a window into your lives for the last 4 years. God used you all in so many ways. There were times when I could hardly see past my own circumstances. You all kept me from sitting in that place and, most importantly, from staying in that place. With you all in my life, I was able to maintain perspective and truly see that life was more than my circumstances and that it is most certainly NOT all about me. As my first group of girls, you will carry a special place in my heart. There will never be another “first.”
You are clothed with strength and dignity, and you can laugh without fear of the future.
Now, go put on a tiara, and do your thing!