Written By Young Women
10) Encourage me to make time for God.
In this day and age, I am often going from sun up to son or daughter down. In the craziness of my life I need reminders to stop and make time for God.
9) If I’m willing to hold an office, have someone help guide me and answer my questions (and yes there might be many questions!).
I know it is exciting when a young woman commits to being an officer, but that doesn’t mean I have all of the answers! I want to do a good job, but of course I am going to have questions. Make sure you have someone to check in on me as a new officer periodically, and make sure I don’t have any questions (yes even the silly questions that I should know!)
8) Not all of us were raised by Lutheran women.
There are many young women who are new to the Lutheran faith and have SO many questions. Not just questions about the LWML, but Lutheran beliefs in general. It can be very intimidating to ask a question and have people look at you like, “Why don’t you know this?”
7) Please value my opinions.
Please listen to me. I may have new ideas and even though it has not been done this way before give it a chance. It might work this time.
6) Please be patient with me.
Yes, I know that it can be very frustrating that I haven’t been to the past two monthly meetings. Yes, I know that you have reminded me numerous time to turn in a report that was due last week. Yes, I know that I didn’t sign up to help with Vacation Bible School this year. But please be patient with me. I promise that I will get better.
5) My season of life may be in a different place than yours.
There are many LWML ladies that are in totally different seasons of their life, each of which has its own concerns. At this time in my life, I am juggling so many different things (work, children, my relationship with my significant other, my social life, etc.). But I can still serve.
4) Don’t assume I know what you are talking about.
LWML has a language of its own! I mean I didn’t realize the DP had to approve the ZP’s selection for the YWR by the time of the fall EC meeting…SAY WHAT?!? I don’t know all of the lingo, so just know that sometimes you might have to translate for me!
3) I need your prayers.
This sounds silly, but please keep me in your prayers and I will keep you as well!
2) I might say no, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to help or come to events.
When I tell you “no” it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to ever hold an office or help out with the potluck dinner. All that means is that I cannot help out at that SPECIFIC time! There will come a time when I will say “yes,” just give me time! Please know that when you ask me to go to certain events and I say “no,” it isn’t because I don’t want to go. I just honestly do not have the time or maybe the money to attend. However, I eventually would love to be able to attend, so keep asking!
1) Don’t assume I can do everything!
It is very exciting when a Young Woman joins your LWML group, but please refrain from signing me up for everything, it can be VERY overwhelming!
Above all, let us remember our love for God is what binds us together as Lutheran Women in Mission.