Tuesday, May 19, 2009

one of these things don't belong...

Circa 1986 I laid on the wooden floor of my living room with my chin resting on the grooves of my knuckles and watched episodes of Sesame Street until my eyes glazed over and I discovered that the specific episode of the day was brought to me by the letter R. Ernie and Bert were like my cousins, Big Bird was like a dorky neighbor, and Snuffaupagus was like my peppy friend who had eyelashes to D.I.E for. I loved watching every episode and owe much of my early childhood education to Mr. Hooper, Oscar the Grouch, and Olivia (the resident Puerto Rican).

Well, it's 2009 and I still feel the effects of 1234 Sesame Street. During almost every episode a song would come on that I could still quote for you today:
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the other,
By the time I finished singing this song?

A few weeks ago I got a phone call informing me that I was invited to speak at an event for over 10,000 youth in the Southern California area. I tried my best to sound calm, cool, and collected... but I sounded more like Screetch Powers from Saved by the Bell. The person on the other end of the phone rattled off the names of the other speakers and I casually let out an audible um hm every now and then to make it seem like I was writing down pertinent information for the workshop I'll do doing. But the truth was that I was only thinking of one thing: How in the world did I make the roster?! I am SO not at the caliber of these people?!

After I hung up the phone, the melodic tones of 1234 Sesame St. crept into the crevices of my mind.
One of these things is not like the others.
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the other,
By the time I finished singing this song?

Then I shoved that song out of my mind and realized that this is an opportunity to connect to the hearts and minds of the next generation. Who gives a rip if I don't belong?

If you're a teen or young adult in the OC area on Saturday, May 30th, check out the Movement. It's going to be epic!


Anonymous said...

I'm totally going to go!!! This is going to be awesome.

Anonymous said...

How totally awesome Bianca!! I checked out the webpage. What an amazing opportunity!!! So many kids to minister too!! I know God will give you the wisdom you need to speak truth to them!! Right on sista!

Adrienne ;)

Leanne Doble said...

Wow Bianca, I just stumbled onto this blog and I say you go girl, God has called you by name and He want you to do just as you blogged to be still and know He is God.one of the great challenges hey. I love that God told David he was King as a child and Abraham that he would be a father of many nations, before he had any offspring. Remember who God says you are and step boldly into your true self.... and preach the Kingdom!!!

Raul Hernandez said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! This was by far the funniest post to date. As I was reading your words, old Sesame Street episodes flashed before my very eyes.

The Movement is going to be an amazing opportunity for you!!!

"One of these things is not like the other?" From a human perspective...WTH????? From a Godly perspective...Genesis 18:14


Leslie said...

Awwww...the comment from Raul Hernandez gave me goosebumps..but it is so true!

I emailed abou about this event...I hope I hear back from you soon.

Because of the sacrifice of Christ, I belong...you belong...we all do :)

Kim said...

B, that is so unbelievable! yet believable at the same time. I still remember the first time you spoke to our youth girls on a Wednesday night about understanding why they believe in Jesus. Your passion has multiplied a hundred fold since, and it was already infectious then! I will be praying that the "Movement" of the Holy Spirit be upon you in miraculous and life-changing ways! And it's because you feel you don't belong that God has chosen you. Love you!

Quirky Christa said...

Love the Sesame Street flashback :) You'll do great even if you "think" you don't belong. This is just the beginning of an awesome journey for you.

Diandra Ann said...

AHHHHH!!! I just looked at the website! That is AMAZING! Those are some big names and you are RIGHT there with them! I'm so proud of you! How exciting! We have a car wash that day but I'm going to try to come after if I can work it out! How cool!!!

Nicole said...

How awesome! Congrats Bianca!! You will be great. :)

P.S. This post cracked me up. Ahhh...to be on summer vaction watching Saved by the Bell reruns...sigh...

Cindy Alvarez said...

Bianca this is going to be so great! Vicky and I will be there and we're bringing a friend (hopefully more than 1)!

Much love,

Nina49a said...

"W"....that stands for "What-Ever"!
If anyone belongs there it's YOU!
I mean really, come on, who else Rocks it like you do?...hmmm lemme think...NO ONE!
...way to stay humble though(;

cassandra m said...

I love this story...it made me laugh. Unfortunately, I am on the east coast, but I can't wait until you blog about it. I know you will ROCK!


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