It’s that time of year for me where I’m fiercely recruiting CORE members, planning life nights, retreats, events, oh my! There are so many to dos at this time of year. And, this blog is about none of those things. It’s about an equally important list of things we forget to do in the hustle and bustle of preparing for an awesome year. Trust me, if you do the things I’m going to recommend first I think you’ll find yourself much more successful at recruiting CORE and planning things.
- Clean House: The Youth Ministers I’ve met all have one thing in common: we’re pack rats. We save so many things in the hope that we can use it again. But, when was the last time you ever gave your office and storage spaces a really good cleaning? Do you really use all those books on your bookshelf? Do you really need a folder on the retreat 2 years ago? Do you really need that box of stuff you “might” use? Do yourself a favor: get a lot of trash bags and throw it away. Trust me, you won’t miss it. If you haven’t used something in a year, you won’t. The extra space will give you a lot of freedom and a fresh clean feel to your year.
- Go To Confession: We spend so much time reminding our teens and our CORE to go that when was the last time you took to the Confessional? Going to confession before the start of the year will give your prayer life a boost at a time when stress could really challenge your prayer life.
- Spend Time with Your Family and Friends: Yes, it’s important to plan. But, don’t plan at the expense of your family and friends. You’re going to be spending many late nights at the Church and work a lot of long hours. Take some time now to enjoy the company of the ones you love. If you can, make a little vacation out of it. At the very least, take a really good nap. This time of rest will help you be more focused as the year starts.
- Thank God: In all the “to do’s” I think it’s very easy to view youth ministry as our “job” or as a “career”. But, first and foremost it is a privilege and a vocation from God to serve our teens and our parishes. We should be thankful the Lord is so confident in our abilities that He would trust us to help get our teens’ souls to heaven. That is surely worthy of some praise!
So that’s what I have on my “to do” list. Is there anything I missed? Leave your comments below!