Last night we did a “fun night” with my high school small group guys. We went to a place called “Big Air”. It’s a trampoline park and there are a lot of things to do there. Trampoline jumping, trampoline dodge ball, trampoline basketball, etc. My guys had a blast. I think taking a night off every now and then to just have fun helps build a healthy student small group.
For me it was awesome to watch the bond between these guys grow. Last night I saw them just having a good time, laughing, throwing dodge balls at each other (and at me which seemed to be the highlight of their night, but I digress). I think these nights are so important for student small groups, probably for small groups in general. It gets you out of the routine, it’s a change. No Bible study, no sitting around and talking about the weeks problems, just a night to bond and have fun.
This morning I’m realizing that I’m not 18 years old anymore and I have sore muscles in places where I had forgotten I even had muscles. This morning I’m realizing the meaning of “serving means sacrificing”. I just wanted to stand under the hot water in the shower this morning and it let it relax my aching back. But it was so worth it and I’d do it again in a minute.
My co-leader Michael and I had a task this year of talking a group of nine guys who had been in a small group together and blending them together with seven other guys. Last night it was very apparent that they have blended into one big group. Our small group time has been pretty amazing lately and I’m watching guys grow in their faith and get stronger and stronger in their walk with God. I feel like even bigger things are coming for this group and I cannot wait to see the next level that God will take these guys to.