Do the Inconvenient

By Elsa Kok Colopy
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email
Sacrificing convenience — sometimes that's how God uses parents to help draw others closer to Jesus.

My tiny car was stuffed full of teenagers. The car’s tail end dragged, and other motorists glared their disapproval. The kids added fuel to the fire as they smashed their noses into the windows and waved at everyone we passed.

“Where’s the love?” they complained when they received a scowling glare. Then they giggled, “We’re the love! Let’s pass it along!”

By the time I reached the other side of town for youth group, my head was pounding. Teenagers climbed over my lap and pushed against my spleen to get out of the car, and I wondered again, What happened?

In the beginning 

When my daughter first attended youth group, our ride was quiet. My car felt spacious, and our praise music was tuned to a reasonable level.

Then the youth pastor talked about evangelism. “Invite your friends,” he exclaimed.

Sam invited her best friend. She invited her locker buddy. She invited her locker buddy’s best friend’s sister’s cousin.

After one particularly loud ride, I was ready to turn in my taxi-driving keys. When I picked up the girls after their youth group that night, they climbed in but were strangely quiet.

“That was really cool,” one finally said.

“Yeah, it really made me think,” said another.

What God creates

“What happened?” I asked.

“One of the pastors shared his story tonight, Mom. He made it all seem so real,” Sam said.

“Yeah,” another girl said. “It was awesome. It made total sense to me, for the first time ever. Do you think I could come with you next week?”

I nodded, suddenly ashamed of my earlier thoughts. “Of course.”

Did it really matter if I drove a clown-mobile and my spleen was bruised? In the grand scheme of teens learning about Jesus, those issues took a far backseat.

I dropped the first girl off at her home. “I’ll pick you up at 6 next week.”

“Thanks,” she said. “I’ll be ready.”

© 2008 by Elsa Kok Colopy. Used by permission.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

You May Also Like

Thank you [field id="first_name"] for signing up to get the free downloads of the Marrying Well Guides. 

Click the image below to access your guide and learn about the counter-cultural, biblical concepts of intentionality, purity, community and Christian compatibility.

(For best results use IE 8 or higher, Firefox, Chrome or Safari)

To stay up-to-date with the latest from Boundless, sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter.

If you have any comments or questions about the information included in the Guide, please send them to [email protected]

Click here to return to Boundless

Focus on the Family

Thank you for submitting this form. You will hear from us soon. 

The Daily Citizen

The Daily Citizen from Focus on the Family exists to be your most trustworthy news source. Our team of analysts is devoted to giving you timely and relevant analysis of current events and cultural trends – all from a biblical worldview – so that you can be inspired and assured that the information you share with others comes from a reliable source.

Alive to Thrive is a biblical guide to preventing teen suicide. Anyone who interacts with teens can learn how to help prevent suicidal thinking through sound practical and clinical advice, and more importantly, biblical principles that will provide a young person with hope in Christ.

Bring Your Bible to School Day Logo Lockup with the Words Beneath

Every year on Bring Your Bible to School Day, students across the nation celebrate religious freedom and share God’s love with their friends. This event is designed to empower students to express their belief in the truth of God’s Word–and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ.

Focus on the Family’s® Foster Care and Adoption program focuses on two main areas:

  • Wait No More events, which educate and empower families to help waiting kids in foster care

  • Post-placement resources for foster and adoptive families

Christian Counselors Network

Find Christian Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychiatrists near you! Search by location, name or specialty to find professionals in Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselors Network who are eager to assist you.

Boundless is a Focus on the Family community for Christian young adults who want to pursue faith, relationships and adulthood with confidence and joy.

Through reviews, articles and discussions, Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live.

Have you been looking for a way to build your child’s faith in a fun and exciting way?
Adventures in Odyssey® audio dramas will do just that. Through original audio stories brought to life by actors who make you feel like part of the experience; these fictional, character-building dramas use storytelling to teach lasting truths.

Focus on the Family’s Hope Restored all-inclusive intensives offer marriage counseling for couples who are facing an extreme crisis in their marriage, and who may even feel they are headed for divorce.