I’ll start off this blog post by sharing a quick shot that Shari and I took while we were waiting for the rest of the family to arrive at the Shreveport Riverwalk this morning.
Ain’t she purty?
Anyways, Times of Refreshing is over. For non-POBC types, Times of Refreshing is a religious meeting held annually in several different cities around the States. It’s always a kind of high-octane meeting, even by pentecostal standards. *nudge, nudge*
Anyways, I have to be honest and say that I entered into this weekend absolutely drained. I had no energy, I was grumpy, I was mentally absent, and I was wondering whether or not I would make it through the weekend alive. I seriously didn’t know how it was going to go…
Well, I have some good news (and the obligatory bad news). The bad news is that I’m even more exhausted, mostly mentally and spiritually. The good news is that it was a great weekend that saw a lot of great results, especially with the students in the youth group. It’s always an incredible feeling, even when you’re 100% wiped out, to watch your students that you’ve seen struggle through month after month finally get something that they desperately needed at the altar.
Besides my wife and my family (my small circle of closest friends are part of my family, by the way), those students are the most important people in the world to me, even the ones that have already graduated and moved out of my department. Don’t get me wrong; I love the adults in our church too, but those kids are my life. When they go through it, I go through it with them. When they’re experiencing a high point, I’m up in the clouds with them as well.
High school is an emotional roller coaster ride already. I thought that when I graduated, I’d be out of that stage in my life. Then I started working with the high school youth and realized one day that I was subconsciously experiencing their highs and lows along with them. It’s absolutely exhausting, even when the schedule isn’t as packed as it has been in ’08. But you know…I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’m going to bed. Bye.