Fresh Perspective

I’m going to start with a mini rant/explanation. You’re welcome to skip to the last paragraph for the point of this post.

talk about overloaded!

Yesterday (since I fell asleep before posting my daily reflection) I had the chance to return to ICS, my former workplace, and interview some students. The goal was to interview students on camera in order to edit the clips and present them in a future school chapel. The teachers and I discussed some of the focus questions in advance, but we didn’t discuss the number of students I was to interview. The ICS teachers amassed a whopping 13 middle school students. This may not seem like a lot, but when each interview is about 10 minutes long, that comes to over 2 hours of film that needs to be edited down to a 10-15 minute video to fit within a 20 minute chapel talk. Whoa. Overload.

Anyway, the point of this post is that by stepping out of my role as a teacher and into the role of youth minister, I’ve gained a much larger perspective on working with kids. I have a newfound appreciation for the work that youth pastors do, and if I return to teaching, I’ll be much more careful about the tasks that I ask a youth pastor to help me with.

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Growing Pains

It was pointed out that my current job is not regularly utilizing, stretching, or growing my natural talents or gifts. I’m doing a good job with what I’ve been given, but I could be used for so much more.

'gifts' photo (c) 2009, Rupert Ganzer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/I didn’t want to dwell on the negatives, so I starting thinking of the ways that I’ve been growing and stretching since I started this job. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  • I’ve been given lots of opportunities to practice patience
  • I’m learning to submit to authority way more frequently
  • My video and media skills have improved, even though there’s a long way to go in that area
  • I’m more organized than usual

Though I question God about many things all the time, I know I’m not one to contend with Him in the long run. He’s got a plan greater than what I can see. Nevertheless, I have a few questions: Am I supposed to be a youth pastor? If so, is it supposed to be at Island ECC? Are the things I’m learning worth the things I’ve sacrificed? Is my church job supposed to help put my teaching career in perspective? Hopefully I’ll learn the answers to these questions sooner than later. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to trust God as much as possible.