I have an amazing friend named Jessica or Jess or as I try to pronounce it with an ‘h’…
Hessica. I don’t know why I do. It’s silly and I try to be funny with it. Its not, but she lets me do it.
Jess has been at Thrive since our very first Sunday, I believe. Or the second. But, either way, she has been at Thrive ever since. She hasn’t missed many Sunday’s in that time. She plays in the band. She has served in Thrive Kidz. She has helped set up at 7am on Sunday’s. And, she serves in One Youth! Actually, she’s one of the reasons One Youth got going and stayed going. She was the first adult leader and has loved and served students ever since.
If I had to describe Jess using one word, I couldn’t. It would just be too hard. Because I would want to use too many words, words like…
Faithful. Servant. Friend. Hero. Leader. Example. Loving. Caring. Believer. Amazing. Humble. Freaking Awesome. Lover of Jesus. Jesus Follower.
My wife and I have 4 kids and they all adore and love Jess.
Our 12 year old Zach is addicted to slurpees. There is a story behind that, but because of a special diet he’s on, we gave him his first slurpee pretty early on (like barely crawling, hahha) and he’s been hooked ever since.
Well, Jess and Zach have this cool tradition.
It’s called Slurpee Sunday.
After Church, before we’ll head to lunch, she takes Zach to his favorite slurpee place and they get a slurpee. As a dad who believes in having other adults be a part of our kids lives, this means the world. Some Sunday’s it’s probably a pain for her because Zach always remembers and is pretty persistent.
But, Jess is just faithful. Jess just loves. Jess just keeps investing into his life.
She cheered him on at his football games. She’s also taken our 16 year old to her favorite coffee place as well. And she has sat in the stands at many games from students from Thrive.
I was thinking about this today because last Sunday was slurpee Sunday and I was asking God to make me more like Jess.