I have a new calling in church. For the past year or so, I've been teaching the 16/17 year old Sunday School class. I'm now teaching Gospel Doctrine, which is the adult Sunday School class. It's not vastly different than what I've been doing for years and years in church. It's a teaching calling and I love teaching. It's just the audience that's different. And slightly more intimidating. Mostly because they are spiritually amazing people who already know so much more than I could ever hope to know about the gospel. And somehow I am the one who gets to stand up every other week and facilitate some kind of spiritual uplifting and edification for the group.
Needless to say, the weight of my upcoming responsibility has felt heavy this week.
But here's what I thought when I read that little quote up there on IG this morning...Heavenly Father has not set us up to fail. It was His idea to give me this calling, so He must think I'm capable of succeeding in it. I must have some kind of Gospel Doctrine wings that I just haven't fully exercised yet. For the past several years, I have collected (hoarded might be a better word) quotes, scriptures, song lyrics, anything that spoke truth to my heart. Anything that rang in my ears and made me FEEL light and love and hope, I scribbled down on whatever piece of paper happened to be closest. And as my piles of papers got bigger and became notebooks and journals and a blog, I wondered what in the heck I was supposed to do with all the stuff I've been collecting.
Maybe this is the very reason for all that searching and hoarding? Or maybe it's just one of a handful of ways I can use all those piles of truth I've collected? I really have no idea what the plan is, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to find out. I'm grateful for hard things that compel me to rely on Someone other than myself for courage and faith that I didn't think I had. I'm grateful for people who see in me things that I cannot see in myself. And I'm so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who places us in the exact circumstances where we can learn and grow in the most effective way.
Launching out of the nest on Sunday morning at 10:05...I'll let you know how the flying goes.