Dear Middle School Me, You’re So Embarrassing!

When I was a kid, somewhere around middle school, I had a crush on John Pitts. I thought he was SO cute! Naturally, I didn’t have the courage to tell him face to face, so I devised a plan.

Back then there was no caller I. D. so I thought, “That’s it! I’ll call him on the phone and tell him exactly how I feel!” I looked up his number in the phone book, dialed the number, and drug that LONG chord from the kitchen all the way back to my bedroom. Apparently on the way I must’ve gotten stage fright, because when he answered all I said (and very quickly too) was, “I like you bye!”

I’m not sure what, if anything, I thought I’d accomplished. I mean, he didn’t even have a clue who was calling him! How funny is that? I was such a dork!

Years later I confessed to calling him. I can’t remember how or why I did this, but I did. He told me that he remembered that phone call, but he thought that I said, “I like your new bike”. I laughed so hard when I pictured him sitting there trying to figure out who the heck was calling him, and did they know something he didn’t know? Was this some kind of a premonition? Were his parents going to get him a new bike?! Was this indeed his lucky day?

It seems, the older I get, the more brave I get. I’m not sure if I can attribute that to wisdom or the fact the I don’t really give a crap what you think? Which is not entirely true. I mean, I don’t want anyone to think bad of me, but I don’t want to let an opportunity slip by if I feel God’s wanting me to tell somebody something. I don’t care if someone thinks I’m crazy or if they might reject me. I won’t particularly like it, but I can knock the dust off my sandals (so to speak) and move on.

I’m to the point where I don’t want to let ANY opportunity, that God gives me, slip by. Life’s too short and now more than ever, God needs his people to be bold! Don’t be like the ‘middle school me’ and be too scared to speak up! You could miss out on a blessing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m with who I need to be. I’m not insinuating that I missed out on something with another man, or that God told me to call John Pitts! What I’m saying is to be brave! Speak up! Stand up for the things you believe in! If God’s telling you to tell someone something, do it! Even when you feel silly, just do it! If God’s calling you to do something that’s way out of your comfort zone, do it!! Don’t let fear of failure or inadequacy stop you from the blessings God has for you, and for others through you!

Lets lose the middle school spiritual mentality and put on our spiritual PHD britches and start doing exactly what God wants us to do! If He’s calling you to do it, He’ll equip you!

Paul lived for the next two years in his rented house[a] and welcomed all who visited him, 31 telling them with all boldness about the Kingdom of God and about the Lord Jesus Christ; and no one tried to stop him. Acts 28:30-31

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