Take Time to Linger

It was only one of hundreds of moments that I had experienced that week. Moments that I had rushed through…

And never took the time to pause.

To linger…

I find that I don’t take that time and all too often miss the most valuable moments as they fall victim to my busyness. I know that in that moment I was not thinking about it for what it really was.  I didn’t even know at the time it was being captured by a friend for all eternity in this image.

But, I am so thankful that she took the time to see what I couldn’t at that moment.  Thank you Emily for being the one that so often shows me how to linger in the moment and enjoy every second.  I need to stop and linger more often. To truly experience the moment…

But as life so often does, I get busy and don’t see things as clearly as I should.

I had begun to think that maybe my time working with teenagers was coming to a close.  It had become about the things that needed to get done that were on the “to do” list, planning the next fundraiser, making sure all of the announcement slides were done for youth group that week.  Over time, I had lost the true purpose of why I believe God drew me to be a youth sponsor all those many years ago…

I started to wonder if I had outlived my usefulness.

“I don’t understand what they say anymore…”

“I don’t listen to the same music they do anymore…”

“Am I getting too old for this?”

I had no answers to any of these thoughts and feelings – and I didn’t tell anyone I was thinking them.  I certainly didn’t ask God His opinion on the matter. I think I was afraid of the answer – as I too often am.

As I sat on the stage with her, I was in awe of the difference that I could see in just one week.  She had been on my heart so much that week.  It had been a long time since someone had made that kind of impact on my heart in ministry. I had only really met her just a few weeks before…

The thing about youth ministry is that is revolves around relationship – and relationships take WORK.

A LOT OF WORK

A LOT OF TIME

But, more than anything else, I find that they require me to be REAL.

I don’t allow many people to see the real me.  Vulnerability is something that I struggle with because I don’t want to disappoint people…EVER (the unfortunate part of having a relationship with a people pleaser). If I have gotten real with you, know that you are on a short list of people that I trust deeply and believe that nothing I say would ever scare you off.

I don’t know how or why – after all, God works in mysterious ways – but, she opened up to me almost immediately and shared her story with me.  So, I shared parts of my story with her.  I didn’t realize the significance of that moment until later that night when I saw that my amazing friend had posted this picture to her Instagram.  I don’t even remember what she said about the picture.

But whatever it was

it caused me to LINGER.

To take the time to see that God wasn’t finished with my ministry to kids. To thank Him for using her to show me that there was more work to do, but my “to do” list needed to change a bit.

I was missing what I really needed to focus on.

Thankfully, God used her to wake me up that night – so that I wouldn’t miss my ministry.


“Most people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life. ”
― Brian Andreas

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. jbauerzebley says:

    Beautiful piece!

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    1. Krista says:

      Thank you so much!

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  2. April says:

    This was a wonderful post to start my day! Thank you for sharing. Beautifully written…

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    1. Krista says:

      Thank you so much!

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  3. Heidi Jones says:

    WOW, Krista! What a powerful post! Thank you so much for sharing. You have inspired me to be more in the moment and not worry about all of the things I have to get done…they will always be there, the person in front of me will not be. Keep on, keeping on!

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    1. Krista says:

      Thank you! I am very much still learning this and forgot again last night. I like the way you put it about “the person in front of me…”

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  4. allysonapsey says:

    Love this inspiring post! You are right…we need to linger more, listen more, let there be silence more. Keep blogging and sharing your gifts!

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  5. Krista, this is such a powerful post, especially for those of us who work with kids. Sometimes our work involves planting seeds and relying on FAITH that we’ve made a difference. The difference is sometimes made when they leave us and/or when they have time to grow and mature. it can be hard, because it leaves us with questions and doubts.

    You articulated that weariness and doubt so powerfully wrapped in what I call the “easy way out,” a.k.a. busyness. It’s easier not to put in the work, it’s easier not to get involved, and not to trust. Busyness can be easier than building a relationship.

    God knew what he was doing when he created you and called you to the mission of working with youth. He knew what he was doing when he had his friend to capture this image. He also gave you a gift of sharing your vulnerability in your writing. I’m so glad Jon Harper empowered you to start this blog and write for the world. You are a blessing, and I can’t wait to read more from you.
    Best,
    Jennifer

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    1. Krista says:

      Thank you! Your encouraging words mean so much!

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  6. Krista,

    I understand this is your first blog post. It certainly is a powerful entry into the blogging world! Thank you showing the courage to share your story!

    Jon

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