Love Dare – Day 6

Today’s dare was a little different than the previous five. I was given the chance to love my wife in more of an indirect maner. It was not about stopping a negative behavior nor about doing something positive. Rather, it was about me helping myself.

I’m supposed to make room in my schedule. For real. The idea is that when we overload our schedules with frenzied activities, it creates stress, and stress can lead to marital problems. Therefore, I need to work on avoiding stress.

Here’s a list of some areas where I can create some buffer zones:

  • More sleep. I need to go to bed earlier and always at the same time my wife decides to go to bed.
  • Less TV. I’ll have more time to work, read, exercise, and hang out with Kristin and other friends.

If I were to simply do these two things, there would be significantly more time, more rest, and less stress. Now let’s see if I can stick to this goal!

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┬ástudents. 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.