I had to remind myself today that it was time for me to move on. I know in my heart it’s the right thing to do and I had every intention of doing it. I’m talking about my old high school small group that ended this past June. I say ended because I had a group of high school seniors who all graduated in June. I even wrote a blog about it being time to “kick the baby birds out of the nest.”
I have them all set up now as a young adult college group, I had them register the group with our college ministry, CRAVE at Saddleback Church so they can be an official group. They even have a leader that stepped up and agreed to do a lesson each week and send out e-mail reminders and keep track of prayer requests etc.
I saw a post on Facebook on Tuesday that they were going to be meeting on Thursday night. Without even thinking I posted a comment reminding all of them to be there and that I might stop by. Wrong! I wanted to stop by and see them because I miss them, and to make sure everyone is doing okay, but it’s time for them to be their own group. My being there would be a distraction to Erick who is now leading and teaching the group and would have them looking to me for answers and advice instead of each other.
There is nothing wrong with popping in every now and then, but not now. Not when their new group is just starting. I had to put my emotions aside and realize this is what is best for them. I’ll stop in and see them, but later after their group is established and they have INVITED me to stop by. In the meantime, I’ll keep them all in prayer. I have a new group of nine high school freshmen who need my time and my gifts now. Thanks God for the subtle slap in the face reminder I needed.