I don’t like to say goodbye. Goodbye to me means that there’s no chance to see someone again, and I don’t like that. I like to think there’s always a chance to see someone at a later time. Instead, I like to say “see you later” or “see you soon.” Not only does it reassure me that I’ll see that person soon, but it gives them a sense that I hope to see them soon.
Last night I had to say “see you later” to my small group boys. It didn’t come as a surprise, and it didn’t catch me off guard because we had been planning this for months. Even still, it was a bittersweet night of ministry and the start of a new season. My co-leader and I introduced the guys’ new leaders (including Matt), and we passed the torch on to their new group.
The group that’s leaving us is one that I will never forget. We have laughed together (a lot), cried together (a little) and grown with each other A TON. The guys that left my group last night are certainly not the same ones that walked in on the first night just 2 years ago. They are completely changed.
I have been so blessed by these 9 guys (plus a few others that have crossed my path) over the past 2 years, and I can’t wait to hear from Matt what kind of things are happening in their lives. And because they’re with Matt, I know it’s not goodbye…it’s “see you later.”