Welcome to our Wednesday edition of Would You Read On?. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to stop by our blog. Kindly comment if you would read on or not. Last week’s contributing author is revealed below this first page.
This weeks contribution is a nonfiction title:
Sweat rolled down my back as I stood against the hot, red brick wall. The sun blazed down on the small field. My classmates and I formed a line along the exterior wall of the school gym. Squinting against the bright sun, I endured my least favorite part of the day. Why couldn’t I be athletic like the other kids? The team captains began calling out names in an alternating rhythm: Matt, Jennifer, Rob, Susie. Fidgeting, I plastered a fake smile on my face while I waited. I made eye contact and silently begged him to choose me next. Giving up, I stared down at my shoes. I knew the outcome before looking up. I was the last one against the wall. Again.
I excelled in the classroom and enjoyed all other aspects of school. However, when the hour came for Physical Education (P.E.) class, I developed a case of what my sister and I deem nervous stomach. You know, it’s that sick feeling of dread deep in your gut. Nervous stomach materialized when I lined up with my classmates while team captains chose their teams. The type of sport didn’t matter: kickball, softball, or—the worst sport for a skinny, uncoordinated girl who couldn’t throw a ball—dodgeball. I dreaded being chosen last. Even next to last would ruin my day.
The nervous stomach feeling is a familiar one. It still sneaks up on me. I am a 36-year-old single woman. No one has chosen me. I’m still standing here against the brick wall—fidgeting, staring at my shoes, and hoping my name will be called next. Satan whispers a little lie, “You are not worthy to be chosen. You weren’t then and you aren’t now.”
Would you read on?
A big thanks to last weeks author, Kristen Joy Wilks. Kristen lives with her Camp Director husband, three fierce little boys(4,6,and 8), and an enormous slobbery dog at beautiful Camas Meadows Bible Camp in the Cascade Mts. Stop by and visit her blog and introduce yourself.