Tonight, I watched the Boston auditions for the new season of "So You Think You Can Dance." One young man auditioned, and his audition was really good. At the end of it, all three judges stood up with airplane tickets in their hands.
In the next scene, the dancer burst through the audition room doors and said, "Three tickets from three judges! I can't wait to go wherever we're going!"
They happen to be heading to Las Vegas for the next round of auditions, but I thought it was really cute that he didn't know where he was going and he didn't even care. He just knew it was good.
I totally know how he feels.
For the past five weeks, the women of Elston Family Church have been stepping out on faith. Our women's ministry is called Heart to Heart, and we just started a new branch of our ministry, called Hearts in Motion. We are going to be breaking into motion groups and ministering to our community. It's a vision (an idea from God) that I got at the end of my time at the SheSpeaks Conference. I wanted to encourage the women of Heart to Heart to figure out their passions, their purposes, why God has created them a certain way, and then use their passions, abilities, talents, and experiences to encourage and support other people in the community.
So, we've spent the first five weeks of this semester "Discovering Our Hearts." We have looked in our past and evaluated what we love doing best. We have spent time thinking about our talents, abilities, and strengths. We've evaluated our experiences to see how God might want to use all the situations we've been through. Then, tonight, we shared with each other what God has been doing in our hearts and minds.
I can't even explain what happened next. Every single woman opened up and told us a little bit about her passions and what she felt God wanted her to do with her passions and abilities. And before I knew it, the pieces started to fit together like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Some women had a general passion for serving others. Some women had a specific passion for serving others by cooking meals or making small encouraging gifts. Other women had a passion for certain groups of people: women who are or have been in abusive relationships, single mothers, women who are unexpectedly pregnant, women who are home-bound or in nursing homes, and women who have lost a parent at a young age.
Tears were shed. Laughs were shared. I watched God bring a group of women together for one awesome purpose:
To take his love to the people around them.
It was amazing. And I agree with the dancer:
I don't care where He is taking us...I can't wait to go wherever we're going!! :) :) :)