I will not post as much and I fear that a lot of what I love doing on a daily basis will not happen for the next few weeks. I missed this past week’s Teen Scene and I thought about all of the people who probably waited for me to get on when I did not even show up. I thought about coming in and spending an hour online but to be honest I just did not feel like doing it. A lot has slipped through the cracks lately which happens in the summer season of youth ministry. A lot of planning and preparation is underway and often projects are either placed on hold or on a temporary hiatus. It’s not so bad though because I feel that it affords me the opportunity to focus on what’s most important: my faith, my family…my sanity. Because of all of the planning I do not get to go over to hang out with the youth like I used to. It’s so hard to plan efficiently and develope relationships while doing justice to your work. So some things slip through the crack. I am not looking for sympathy or an “I’m praying for ya” but simply awareness of what occurs in the life of most youth ministers. Elders, parents and students think trips and service work magically appears and all of these trips just fall into place. “What does a youth minister do all day? Play solitaire?” is a question I was asked by someone who didn’t have a clue what youth ministers did on a regular basis. I smiled, looked at him and said, “I just minister to the next generation of church leaders…nothing major!” My sarcasm gets the point across.
I guess it’s ok to let things slip through because I would like to think that the place that is beneath the cracks is called a valley. I read in my Bible the other day a verse David wrote about seasons of ministry that fall into the cracks: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For You are with me! Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
“So God, I have let some things slip through the cracks…pick them up for me will You? I put them in Your care.”