If you have ever been to M-Fuge you know that this first day is the worst. Here are the reasons…
- Most of the students didn’t sleep much last night
- You spend the whole day walking from meeting to meeting (I walked from and back to the same bible study room 4 times)
- You aren’t doing anything but getting ready for ministry.
- Most of the tracks times don’t need all of the prep time (some do) so most students are just sitting around
- Students are still a little nervous about the groups that they are in so they start getting really defensive wit their own friends.
- The students haven’t really gotten into the whole “God-Flow” that comes later in the week and helps them to get along better and act better.
I guess that last one is true of any camp type experience. It takes a few days of being away from the culture and seeking God for students to begin to sort of forget about petty things and start to focus in on God a bit more. That is when the week gets fun. Also a whole week of sleep deprivation doesn’t hurt either.
On a different note I think I am about done being a youth minister. I just can’t muster up enough reserve to care about teenage relationships. I know I should think it is important who a 9th grader is dating, but I just can’t seem to fake that I care–especially when they are fighting at camp. I want to just scream, “IT ISN’T THAT IMPORTANT!” But I know that is wrong this relationship is important to them at the time. But I keep looking at them thinking, “You are just making camp miserable for yourself and those around you so quit” I think it is time I find another marketable skill.