last night, only 8 showed up. and since it has been a brutally busy week for me, and my co-leader wasn’t there, that was a bit o’ grace from god.
they are still so amazingly squirrelly. so chatty. at some point, while sharing highs and lows and reminding them for the fiftieth time to respect each other by not talking over each other, i remembered an old trick my friend mindi godfrey used to use with her girls’ small group — you can only talk when you’re holding the stuffed animal. i thought it might just be dorky enough to work. and, the stuffed animal i had in a drawer was my trusty ‘what would jesus do?’ bear. this is a very special bear, because he has a little button you push, and a cutesy little voice says in the most smarmy, christiany way possible, “what would jesus do?” but, the particular bear i have (rooted out from the bottom of the bin at a wall-mart years ago), has the little button in the wrong place. instead of squarely and chastely in the belly or chest (where the other bears in the bin had their buttons), to get this bear to say the magic words, you have to push the button in his crotch.
of course, the guys got a huge kick out of this. but, it did allow some some sliver of control on who was speaking.
there weren’t as many choice quotes last night; but a handful of goodies, word-for-word:
me: what was the best thing about the last week?
6th grade guy: shooting a whole bunch of doves!
another response to the same question: the devilicious food truck came to our apartments and served us cubano sandwiches with bacon, bacon, and more bacon.
we talked about galatians 5:22-23 and the fruit of the spirit, and i taught them a silly little way (with hand motions) to memorize the verse. when one guy was trying to recite it, he got it almost perfect, but after nailing the list of the fruit, ended with: against such things there is no redeeming quality.
best moment. i asked what the difference was between goodness and kindness. the response: goodness is making the right choice whether or not someone’s looking, but kindness is goodness you do for someone else.