God Girls Week One

So I got through my first "God Girls" lesson without totally destroying any of the young ladies in my group or making a total fool of myself so I consider that a success. The lesson was basically just an overview with the meat of everything coming later. But I started with the Genesis account of creation and talked about how Girls are the "Crescendo of God’s Creation." It turned out to be a positive lesson, but I spent too much time talking.

I closed the lesson by passing out wrapped roses to every girl in the room. I then read an account of the creation story from Captivating that leads to girls being the "crescendo". While I was reading this, The Barber of Seville was playing in the background and building to a crescendo. The idea of the roses was to tell the girls that no matter how wonderful and lovely they think those roses are, the truth is that they are far more lovely–both inside and out (I get tired of people talking about "inner beauty" as if to say that people aren’t beautiful on the outside too. I have found when someone is beautiful on the inside their outside is truly beautiful too, but that is a whole other post). 

The reaction by these girls when my volunteers started passing out flowers was priceless. It was one of those "payoff" type moments for me in ministry. Several of the girls even hugged me afterwards and said thanks. I was shocked at how much the gesture touched them. I really wish I could help them to see how wonderful they are as children of God just as easily as giving them a rose.

I didn’t do this, but I wanted to tell the guys to look at the faces of the girls when they were handed their rose. If they would have they all would be buying their girl some flowers tomorrow.  

11 thoughts on “God Girls Week One

  1. Andrew says:

    Good, Shane. I’m glad you got that series started. With the roses, is there an acceptable amount one should look to spend on something like that, say $108.01?

  2. -B says:

    No, he didn’t really type that, did he?

  3. Andrew says:

    Now I’m the bad guy?? Everybody else was thinking it!

  4. The Average Youth Minister says:

    "He jests at scars that never felt a wound"

    I never figured out why you thought that was some huge gift. I have always expressed myself through the giving of gifts. It is just who I am. There have been many more outlandish gifts to many less deserving people than those 2 bibles. And at the time I still had money to throw away to make a friend smile.

    Of course having disposable income is a much rarer occurance these days, and will soon be even less, but I still can’t stop giving stuff to the people who are important in my life. It is just who I am.

    Adding to that having a son will put me in the poor house. He isn’t even born yet and every time I go into a store I find myself buying something for him. When he actually gets old enough to play with toys I think I will have to take out a loan just to finance my trips to Toys-R-Us.

  5. -B says:

    I thought it was Toys-n-Us? (Let me know if you need help on that one.)

    Since you always reference your stupid Sports Night, thought I’d throw in an Office reference. During the Christmas episode, for Secret Santa, Michael buys a $400 iPod, despite the $20 price limit, stating gifts are a way to say, "I love you this many dollars’ worth."

    That being said, back in the day when Shane had money to throw around, he must have loved me an awful, awful lot. Appreciate it, Buddy. Oh, yeah, May 9th, May 20th, and May 29th are all right around the corner.

  6. The Average Youth Minister says:

    what’s with the dates?

  7. -B says:

    I know the 20th is my birthday. Fairly certain Crouch’s is the 29th, and thinking Drew’s is the 9th (although it could be the 7th). A lil’ something from Toys-n-Us is fine with me.

  8. Andrew says:

    Sorry, been out of town. I’m May 7. Byron, I knew you were in May, but I couldn’t remember the date. We missed Jarrod and Chad Sullivan, 2/19, maybe next year.

  9. Andy Crouch says:

    Someome’s going to have to explain "Toys-n-us" to me….I too dumb to figger it out….

  10. -B says:

    It’s from a Paducah trip when Shane had apparently bribed Gran for something or other by telling her he’d take her to Toys-R-Us. He, of course, balked on her, and a disappointed Gran exclaimed as the car began heading toward home, "Shane! I thought you said we were going to Toys-n-Us?" Just one of many classic Shane moments.

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