Going from Unsure to Belonging
A few weeks ago, a little girl tentatively walked into the LAB. She held onto her mom, unsure she wanted to let her leave. In an effort to help her feel more comfortable, I introduced her to an older girl named Mady. By the end of the hour, I overheard that same shy little girl ask Mady if they could be friends. The response was an enthusiastic “Sure!” It was that easy. They had spent an hour together and a friendship was formed. Both kids smiled and got to know each other better as they shared a snack in the café.
It could have been so different. Mady probably didn’t come to church thinking she was going to make a new friend that day. She could have easily focused on the friends she already had and ignored the “visitor.” That visitor would have been marginalized and we may have never seen her family again. Instead, Mady made room for a person who needed to be included.
By being friendly, she made a difference in another girl’s experience.
If a Child can do it…
- You can be the person who makes them more comfortable.
- Your friendliness might just make them visit Alsbury again.
- They will remember your face and a friendship could blossom.
- You could be their first introduction to a relationship with Jesus