Shining for God by Danae Lay


We all have spiritual gifts. While it may take some of us longer to recognize, accept and use these gifts to glorify God, some of us, like Dorothy Pritts, learn and apply these gifts at a young age. Dorothy is a 5th grader at Argyle Intermediate and enjoys tennis, horseback riding and using her artist skills whenever possible. Dorothy with her father Jeff, her mother Marci and older brother Wayne started their “Try 5” at Argyle UMC in June of this year. Dorothy and I met in August when our Fast5 started back up on Wednesday nights. I discovered early on that she had a servant’s heart.

Wednesday nights with our Fast5 are just that, fast. Those nights are fast, noisy and fun, but they are also a great starting point for our youth to start discovering truths about God and what their role is in God’s family. It only took a week or so for myself and the other adult leaders to realize that Dorothy has a servant’s heart and she is not afraid to use it. Dorothy loves to lead her peers in our discussions on Wednesday nights. She is also always willing to set up before a class and clean up after everyone has gone home. While she is always willing and does these things with a smile on her face, she did admit to me that she does not always like to do chores at home. On Sunday mornings at our 11am Sunday School hour she is usually only one of two or three 5th graders and regularly helps check children in and lead our small groups. In fact, she casually asked what I was doing behind the computer one Sunday and when I told her I was checking children in she immediately asked how she could help. 

Dorothy’s love for God shines through in everything that she does. While I’m sad that this will be her last year with our children’s ministry, I am elated that she will have Carla Hilburn, our Middle School Youth Director, and Craig Lay, our Senior High Youth Director, to mentor and help her grow in her faith. Whether she chooses to become a teacher or an artist or an animal rescuer I know that she will fill the world with God’s love through her servant’s heart. 

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