Since you lead a few, you understand the value of community. But your few don’t count as your few. You lead a few, but you also need to be part of someone else’s few. Often our time is so stretched that after work, church, school and family events are factored in, we just don’t have any time left to belong somewhere else.
But you need it. As much as your few need you.
You need to have…
a place where others show up for you,
a place where you have built confidence and trust in those around you,
a place where you can share your heart and your struggles and know that both are prayed for and protected,
a place where you are encouraged as you walk with God to grow closer to Him, to rely on Him, to have peace in Him.
And even though preschoolers truly do offer the sincerest of prayers, they just aren’t the right ones to pray for your marriage struggles!
If you are worried, if you are tired, if you are empty; it hinders your ability to led your few. Kids have an uncanny ability to sense worry. And it’s difficult to show up mentally when you are stressed. One of the greatest benefits of being in a small group is the ongoing encouragement to prioritize God. When your walk with God is right, you are in a place where you can minister most effectively to your few.
You can’t give what you don’t have.
You can’t lead somewhere you don’t go.
They may not be old enough to realize that you are living out the faith that you are teaching into them but they are old enough to see the benefits of it. Life is full of troubles. Jesus told His disciples, “in the world you will have trouble.” But He didn’t leave it at that. He told them, “but I have overcome the world.” Clue number one; stay close to Him. He’s got it covered. He also told us that He has come to give us a full, abundant life. And that is the life that will be apparent and overflow onto your few.
How do you make time to be part of a few?