Do not merely listen to the Word. Do it.

When God Asks You to Do Something Scary…

Have you ever done something that was crazy and scary but totally God-inspired?

This week, my husband and I have been volunteering at our church’s VBS; he’s been playing guitar and I’ve been leading a small group of seventeen ten-year-olds.

Ten. Years. Old.

I was nervous, y’all.

What do I know about being a ten-year-old? I mean, yeah, I was ten once, but that was ages ago, and all I remember is being awkward and uncool and discovering that I’d rather read a book than venture into the scary world of lunchroom madness. I ate a lot of lunches by myself.

But someone asked, and I said “yes,” more out of guilt than because I thought I’d be good at it. And you know what?

I’m having a BLAST!

Seriously, this is all the fun of a junior high camp with less of the drama and the comfort of my own bed at night. Those ten-year-old girls? They are precious. Every single one of them.

VBS girls in circle And I see myself in their eyes, with all their insecurities, their unasked “Am I pretty enough”s, their hands fluttering in the air to answer a question, their wanting to please and impress and be told that they are worth something.

And every night, I get to sit in a circle with them and tell them that yes, they are worth something because Someone loved them so much He died for them so that they could live with Him forever. In heaven. That may or may not include ponies and chocolate fountains (because, come on, they’re ten-year-olds!).

But the bottom line is that Someone we’re talking about is Jesus. VBS girl reading

This has been exhilarating, friends! And to think that I would have missed out on it if I had let fear or bad memories or complacency keep me away.

Can I just challenge you with one thought today? That big, crazy, audacious idea that God has placed on your heart? That thing that makes you squirm uncomfortable and that you tell yourself you could never do?


Do it.

Knock it out. Have fun. And show God’s incredible, faithful, invincible, and unconditional love while you’re at it. Because you never know what seeds you’re planting in hearts along the way, until one day in heaven, you’ll hear the Father say “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and you’ll see a little ten-year-old smiling at you saying, “Thank you for showing me God’s love that week at VBS. You were part of my faith journey.”

Don’t just listen to His voice. Do it. You’ll be glad you did.

Do not merely listen to the Word. Do it.


Photos courtesy of  Chapel Kids. Linking up with Kate Motaung and the #fmfparty community over here.