By Travis Hill
As I sit here, 7 days out from summer camp, many of you know what’s going on in my life. Phone calls, texts, emails, camp payments, transportation contracts, registrations, reminders, parent meetings, “Can my 15 year old girl bring a bikini?”, and more.
This is just summer camp.
The constant barrage of issues that arise daily at work are only tacked onto the issues arising at home. And honestly, I am overwhelmed. I pride myself in being pretty spot on when it comes to work/life balance; but this time of year, that’s thrown entirely out of whack. During those long days, the frustrations I feel from lack of parent involvement, the 13th email I have replied to today telling someone the exact same thing I wrote in an email earlier this week, the lists, MinistrySafe trainings and more, I must remember that I am not the center of it all.
I must rely on others. I must push myself out of the way to let others grow and lead. I must set aside my own pride so that people can become movers and shakers. I am but one person, not the be-all-end-all of the student ministry I call mine. How can we be true agents of change without changing ourselves, without changing the ways that we interact in groups, leadership circles, and with our peers?
I know you are busy, so this is short. So to you (and me), exceptionally busy youth worker with too much to do and too little time to do it: give it up. Give up the fight, the fight of your self. And give into the temptation to give some of this away. There are parents and leaders and even students who are willing to help you in this process. Give them the authority, leadership, and power to do incredible things.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.