God used this fool

January 16, 2008

This months Synchroblog is on God’s use of the foolish.
At age 16 I started helping out at the weekly youth event for kids of ages 12-13. About six months later, because of some random events, it so happened that all three the adults running this event had to quit. Being left with two choices, either let this event end, or do it myself, I took the road less traveled by.
I started out this little youth group, made some changes, got a friend to help with the music, but he quit shortly after, and just did what I thought best. Sometimes I wonder at what I did, what we did, later when some friends also bought into the idea and helped out. In our own stupidity, things moved much faster that I think I would let things happen today. We made some small mistakes, some big mistakes. We had no “youth ministry” training. We knew absolutely nothing. The only thing was that we cared for these kids, they were friends, and we knew that it was all about relationships.
After two years, when I had to go to university, the youth group was what many would call “successful”: we had a number of kids coming every week. And we had fun, we the “leaders” also had fun. Somehow things worked out, without this fool really knowing what he was doing.
Looking back I sometimes think about the things we said, and I want to shy away. The theology was most possibly quite screwed up, I said things I would never repeat today. But somehow that didn’t matter. Luckily kids don’t listen to the things we preach, they change because of the relationships they are in. And we were simply little authentic believers that wanted to journey with them.
I think the most important reason why I am able to write this today is because it’s five years later, and I can look back upon what happened. And some of these relationships still continue. Driving back to Pretoria a week ago I again stopped in one of the towns just to quickly say hi to a girl that was in my youth group six years ago. These kids will still talk about what happened, what we did. I believe the fact that we fools were doing this, made the group very real. And God used it.
I guess this helped me to realize that we need to make room in our congregations for the fools that have ideas, and that really, it won’t necessarily turn out that bad if everything aint “under control”. I think sometimes we pastors have worked out things so well, with all out personality analysis, and courses in building up the congregation, in administrating the congregation etc etc, that we really struggle to let the fools (please understand this in a very positive sense) in our congregations loose, to let them make contributions. Sometimes, just maybe sometimes, we pastors need to learn to be God’s fools again.

Sorry for only adding the links now (Thursday), I haven’t been in a computer since Tuesday, posted from my cellphone, but couldn’t copy and paste. Well, here it is. This months fellow sychrobloggers!

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10 Responses to “God used this fool”


  1. […] right… By Mike Bursell Ship of Fools by David Fisher Hut Burning for God by Father Gregory God Used This Fool by Cobus van Wyngaard Fool if you think its over by Paul Walker Blessed are the foolish — […]

  2. Ronald Says:

    Cobus – spot on!

    I bet in five years’ time you’ll look back and say about stuff you’re doing right now: “What a fool I’ve been!” (With all due respect, of course.)


  3. […] right… By Mike Bursell Ship of Fools by David Fisher Hut Burning for God by Father Gregory God Used This Fool by Cobus van Wyngaard Fool if you think its over by Paul Walker Blessed are the foolish — […]


  4. “Luckily kids don’t listen to the things we preach, they change because of the relationships they are in. And we were simply little authentic believers that wanted to journey with them.” Fantastic!

    I’m joining the synchroblog late here in Tanzania. My post is called My Foolish Calling…

  5. Alan Knox Says:

    I would say that same about adults: They don’t listen to the things we preach, but they change because of the relationships they are in. Which is scary, because many adults are more isolated than the kids. Seems foolish, but people really do learn more from our lives than our words.

    -Alan


  6. […] God Used This Fool by Cobus van Wyngaard […]

  7. sallysjourney Says:

    I too look back at things I have said and cringe….but God has worked through my developing theology, and in the midst of relationships. Thank you for the reminder that we don’t have to have everything right, sometimes God acts inspite of us!!!

  8. cobus Says:

    It’s amazing how most (all?) of us have journey’d through some theological ideas we would not support at all today, but when we see others taking the same journey, and then talking about them, we want to quite them down, because they might preach incorect doctrine or something!


  9. I think it takes a fool to realize that at the heart of the Gospel is love and relationship. It sounds like you did these things well.

  10. Steve Says:

    A youth group i was involved with wanted to go on a camp. I said to them, fine, organise it. They said how? I said some of you are Girl Guides – ask if you can use their camp sites, scrounge some tents.

    Most of you have mothers who cook — ask them how much food you need for so many meals for so many people.

    They did. They planned it, organised it, and survived. All I did was take their luggage and tents and supplies to the camp site in my bakkie. They themselves went by bus and train.

    Fool to trust kids aged 12-15 to organise that kind of stuff, but they did.


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