Friday, August 17, 2012

Growing by Stretching

Today, I'm joining a group that practices writing for 5 minutes on a subject that our hostess, Lisa-Jo Baker, picks each week.  We are to write for 5 minutes with no backtracking, editing or second thoughts.  Today's word is:

STRETCH

The fact that I am writing on the word for stretch for 5 minutes is because I want to stretch my writing abilities. 

I am a planner, a thinker, a person who likes to take things one step at a time.  Spontaneity is not my gift.  Writing for 5 minutes without planning ahead, therefore, is a challenge.

I do like to be stretched, though.  It makes me a better person.

Take for example, my participating as worship leader in my little church.  I accepted the responsibility because I want to be a willing worker and to do whatever Christ calls me to do.  I certainly do not have any musical training, nor much talent either, so responding to the call has been a real stretch for me.

Image by Kozzi
It makes me laugh to think how a few years prior, I was asked to put the songs on the overhead projector for worship.  I did not want to do that because I felt conspicuous worshiping as I was putting the songs up (the projector was situated at the front of the sanctuary.)  Now, here I am, standing in front of people, leading worship.  How I've grown!  

I feel someday I will look back and see that this "stretching" has made me grow. One day, I will be so comfortable worshiping in front of others I won't even give it a second thought.

STOP

If you'd like to stretch by joining this community of writers, link up at Lisa-Jo Baker: tales from a Gypsy Mama.

5 comments:

Brenda said...

It is fun to look back and see how we've grown as we allow God to stretch us!

hifrom25 said...

Spontaneity is not a gift I have either, and I definitely understand the reluctance to take that kind of leadership role — but I think it's a great thing, to be a part of your community in such a way!

-Lia

Nikki @ Simplystriving said...

Love your thought on growing comfortable with where that stretch takes us! There is great joy to be found when we jump out of our comfort zone for Him -- so glad you're experiencing that!

great 5 minute write!!

Tonya said...

I, too, am a planner and thinker who isn't very spontaneous. However, I look forward to Five Minute Fridays so that I can let loose and actually NOT plan something for once. I don't have to think it all out ahead of time, so I just let the words flow.

Also, your post reminded me of something that I saw on Facebook the other day. It's a quote by author, Kurt Vonnegut that says, “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were big things.”

Denise said...

Bless you dear for this nice post.