On the outside looking in, I had no idea what I was in for when Melody asked me to join the conference committee. When I heard about the women’s conference, I thought, “Why not? I hang out with people of all ages, but I need to start branching out of my comfort zone. It’ll be great to represent my generation”.
If you have met me, you may think that I don’t have a comfort zone. I’m friendly, energetic (almost to an extreme), and an absolute goofball. Yet, public events and gatherings make me anxious to my core. If I feel trapped in a crowd, sometimes I have a full blown anxiety attack and can no longer function like a coherent human being. I collapse into a ball, my brain shuts everything out, and I hyperventilate. Over the last year, I’ve made some adjustments in my life that have allowed me to branch out and speak out; those decisions were and are utterly life-changing.
From the second I joined the committee for the Women of Christ event, I felt at peace. On the committee, I only knew two people that I talked to regularly, and the rest I had only seen here and there on Sundays. From start to finish, I gained sister upon sister at the meetings. It’s amazing what happens when you, “Let go and let God.” He truly knows who you need in your life and He gave me such an incredible new community.
I can’t believe how many touching and informative conversations we had from one generation to another at the meetings. If anyone had an idea, the support from the others was beautiful. If we were excited about something, everyone fed those plans with their own resources, love, and knowledge. When we needed to express genuine concerns, we were listened to from start to finish with wisdom and grace.
Though meetings were many in number, they were necessary for organization and group thought processes. We worked for months to prepare an amazing event to connect our church, community of women, and families by being living examples God’s love.
When the week of the event arrived, everyone pitched in on other’s ideas. Any request for help was fulfilled and every time that hands were idle, they were put to good use. Preparation was quick and turned out to be a wonderful surprise when it all came together.
On Friday night, the food was amazing, the games were hilarious, the women were tapping into their inner children, and though in competition, they bonded as a community.
Worship was spectacular and their voices caught my soul in a moment of gratitude, that once again, generations that differ can work together as one whole; the music that they made was nearly transcendent. From the moment I stepped into the worship songs, I felt God pour over me. I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face, and I felt the energy of the powerful humans around me. Altogether rejoicing that we have an incredible God that loves us so much.
When it came time to play games, everyone was so excited. I could feel the excitement pick up in the room as smiles crossed faces and the music started to play, signaling a beginning.
Each group had a different way of overcoming their obstacles, but they always carried through with giggles and grace. I observed the different super powers that each generation brought to the table and the team of super-women that came out on the other end was exciting.
From knowing almost no one in their groups to visualizing and playing with one-another’s inner kid, no matter what age, they all became one blur of beautiful normalcy. No one was better or worse than another, they were all essential to every game and valued with the utmost respect. What an incredible beginning to understanding how God sees us consistently.
Saturday. Wow. My heart can barely contain the love that I felt as soon as I walked in the building. As I said my hellos, people knew my name. They knew my personality. They knew my heart; what an amazing path God created for me. I knew a small handful of people only three months ago, and now my community of friends had multiplied bountifully.
We joined together for a scrumptious breakfast where we were immersed in new conversations and met new friends. Our laughter filled the room as happy faces were seen from every table.
The transcendent worship music was gone through again and the feelings were the same as the night before. We got chills, tears of joy, and the room was full of earth angels singing side by side. When it ended, I felt as if I could stand there worshiping forever.
The breakout classes were informational and truly showed us conversation techniques from every generation. I felt, especially as a millennial, that I was able to share an immense amount of information when we were discussing group questions. I saw many light bulbs turn on in my group when I would explain things from a younger perspective.
The had the same feeling when it came time for the panel. I was nervous that we didn’t have any time to prepare our answers, but it meant that when we spoke, we were genuine. We discussed many nearly forbidden Christian church topics, and it all turned out to be such a beautiful response. From same sex relationships to how millennials dress, we covered an array of topics and it brought a wide array of opinions to the table. In normal circumstances, conversations like those become heated, but everything was handled with grace and above all, LOVE. I had many people approach me afterwards, applauding me for representing my generation with all the love in my heart. A couple said that they weren’t aware that millennials were capable of the emotions, affection, and love that I showed. It taught them to open their eyes to those younger than them.
We played games, worshiped some more, and then wrapped up the event with a bow, some words of wisdom, and an incredible prayer. The joy and powerful love that filled the room was immense and I didn’t want to stop soaking it all in. I am truly blessed to have gained a new family, new friends, and a blessing of information. I truly haven’t had as much fun at a church gathering as I did at the Christ in the Generation Gap event. I feel that we covered every inch of ground that God intended for us and it’s such a blessing to know that everyone who attended gained a better understanding of a church community, sisterhood, and the power of love.
Thank you to my entire team and to the ladies that came to the event. I can’t wait for next year and am grateful to have met every single one of you.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
--1 Peter 3:8