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.