Sticking It Out

Even if your group doesn't seem a good fit right now, God may have big plans for it.

When I first started attending my group, I felt really uncomfortable. Actually, I shouldn't even call it a "group." It was just a couple and myself, and I found that extremely awkward. It just felt way too small for me. I really wanted to quit the group.

But thankfully, I didn't. Instead, I talked with the other couple about inviting others into our group. They were enthusiastic about the idea. And so I invited several people to join us. The other couple did the same. And since then, our group has continued to grow. Right now we have ten couples and 21 kids. We also have a couple of babysitters that come each week, so no one has to worry about childcare. Everyone just brings their children with them. That way the adults are able to study the Bible and fellowship together while the kids play in another part of the house.

Our small group is so awesome. I'm so thankful I stuck with it and that I ventured out and invited other people. The group has been a great support for my family and me. Just recently we've been through some pretty hard times, and the group has helped us so much. It's so encouraging to me to have this kind of community, to know I have people who care about me and want to walk alongside me, no matter what happens.

Maybe you're feeling uncomfortable in your group right now, just like I did in the beginning. Perhaps it's not because your group is too small, but because you don't know anyone. I want to encourage you to not be afraid. God can and will use this group to change your life. But it may mean you have to step out of your comfort zone. That's what it meant for me. Persevere. And don't forget to invite someone else along. God could use you to change someone else's life, too.

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