Monday, March 05, 2007
Wow, we've finally arrived in March. I'm still struggling to find the words to describe February. It was challenging, it was stretching, it was new, it was fresh, it was tough, it was rewarding, it was draining -- it felt like 6 months of ministry experiences squished into just 28 days.
Our youth program, Route 1 Student Ministries, decided to take all of our gathering times in February and focus on love, romance, dating and sex. What a month. Our Wednesday night entry-level services tackled the love, romance and sex part. Week 1, we redefined love. Week 2, we defined intimacy. Week 3, we redefined sexy.
(Yes, there were 4 Wednesdays in February. But I was out of town for one of them, and our young adults led the service with their own theme and message for that night.)
Sundays were set aside to the dating focus. But for much of the month, I felt like the dating issues flooded over into Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We had more "dating drama" in one month than we've had in several years. Sure, we have issues from time to time -- it's inevitable when ministering to teens. But last month, we had breakups, we had gossip, we had rumors, we had betrayal, we had rebound relationships, we had musical-chairs relationships (you know, when one person breaks up with someone and then three days later starts dating someone else, who also just got out of a relationship -- can somebody say unhealthy?).
Wow. What a month.
Last Friday I was at a luncheon with a group of youth pastors, and the topic of "who talked about relationships in February" arose. One guy said he decided to tackle the topic in January, to be prepared for the February onslaught.
But then someone else chimed in: "We started back in September to get ready for February!"
Even greater wisdom, perhaps.