As a long time youth worker, I have been blessed in a variety of ways over the last 18 years of ministry. Some of the more useful ones are: a week long trip to Disney and Sea World, a week on a sailboat, a condo in SC, a pig (it was already processed). Some that mean as much but wouldn’t seem so to the non-youth worker world: Our entire yard forked, toilet papered trees, a flock of flamingos put all over the lawn, some creative decorating of my vehicle two different times, balloons all over my office and so on.
Allow me to challenge you to think through how you have been appreciated? I think we often feel the world is against us and we are in a little island of youth work but in reality we exist in a society of specially gifted and like minded people.
September 14th was the date of the picture posted along with this blog post. It was taken at Group Headquarters in the office of the awesome Youth Guru Andy Brazelton, yes we blessed him beyond measure.
I was sifting through my photo album and realized just how much we did to his office… we put a rickshaw in it…. and then it dawned on me.. It was a bunch of youth workers showing their love and admiration of a fellow in the trenches guy who truly cares about youth workers… So Andy and every other youth worker out there who has been blessed with a messed up office or car or yard know how truly special and appreciated you are..
God Bless and good luck cleaning.