High school would have been so boring if it wouldn’t have been for my best friend, Marissa. Most of our memories include embarrassing ourselves, endless laughter, and someone peeing their pants from all the giggles (and maybe a fear of public restrooms mixed in too). Somehow all my embarrassing moments include her.
One of my worst ones was when we were at a large overnighter at a church lock in. There were a couple hundred students in the gym. Half the court was being used for a basketball game and the other half for a volleyball game. Marissa and I were not the most athletic type, so we choose the sidelines for watching and giggling…you know like typical high school girls. There wasn’t a chair for me so I ran to the other side of the gym to bring a chair back to sit with my BF.
I ran through the middle of the gym while holding a metal folding chair and happened to run straight into the rope holding up the volleyball net. I hit it so hard that it made the whole thing fall down! While at the same time I managed to throw the chair clear into the middle of the basketball court.
The gym froze.
I laid face down mortified, hoping the floor could swallow me up whole while everyone turned to see who made such a commotion.
I learned that day you can’t die from sheer embarrassment. And to top it off I’m pretty sure Marissa peed her pants from laughing so hard. I mean can you top that for embarrassing moments!? Remember I was in high school where everything is a 100 times worse!
Now why am I sharing this with you? Glad you asked. I wanted to share about the precious gift we have called the Holy Spirit. I’m sure you are wondering how this relates to my best friend from high school. When you asked Jesus into your heart, you were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the main jobs of the Holy Spirit is to quicken. Quicken means to make you recall something you read in the Bible or encourage you to take an action out of faith.
So after I graduated high school, I went 15 hours away for college. My first year I would constantly think “Ohh if Marissa was here she would say that! Ohh Marissa would not like that, etc.” But now that it’s been 15 years since I left Ohio (surely I’m not that old yet), I rarely have these thoughts anymore, because I’m not spending that quality time with her like I did daily in high school. And man do I miss our friendship like crazy!
That’s why spending quality time with Jesus DAILY is so important. If you aren’t already doing it, set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier each morning. Get a journal, pick a daily Bible reading plan, and see Jesus show up. Be consistent. There will be times that you feel like nothing jump out, but then later in the day the Holy Spirit will use the words you read, the thoughts you had during your quiet time to encourage you.
Even during your quiet time with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will make the Word come alive. This makes Jesus personal to YOU! The Holy Spirit is also known as our teacher. John 14:26,”but the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
When I taught 2nd grade I was shocked with how many problems I had to solve in one day. But when we look at Jesus we realize he never faced a problem where he was like “Ohh man this is awful! Are you SERIOUS right now? What am I going to do?” There wasn’t ONE issue that Jesus bypassed. He responded with authority and power because he knew he had the Holy Spirit in him. The same Holy Spirit that came upon Mary to give her Jesus, the same Holy Spirit that would raise him from the dead.
This same Holy Spirit is inside each one of us!
So today be consistent with developing your relationship with Jesus, and watch the Holy Spirit work in your life to bring glory to God!
PS- I’d love to hear your embarrassing high school stories too! Don’t leave me hanging (or in the middle of the gym floor) XOXO