OK, now think this through

If you live in a a small town and work with teenagers you get lots of conversations like this in the summer.

“So what are we going to do now?”

“We could go to Steve’s house”

Steve says, “My Mom would kill us”

“we could go to the park and play”

“They close it at 9”

“So what are we going to do now?”

And it goes round and round like that for a while. I normally just sit and listen to these conversations because what I am going to do now is usually go home. Last night however I suddenly had a suggestion. It came into my head and then just popped out of my mouth. As soon as it did my youth pastor brain started whirling. I was trying my best to think through all of the different ways that things could go wrong (and there were many) and was wishing I hadn’t said anything, but the students had latched onto the idea like it was the greatest thing ever so I grabbed my notebook and sat down.

Here was the idea. Make 3 identical lists of random and difficult to carry things from Wal-Mart. Break into teams and see who can be the first one to complete the list. Sounds simple enough, but all of you youth pastors out there immediately thought of all of the different things that could go wrong with something like that. Not the least of which is getting kicked out of the store.

So I set up some ground rules. No running. No pushing or shoving. Everything must get put back. and the number 1 rule is that if you are questioned about what you are doing you are in no way to mention Calvary Baptist Church or my name. 

Yeah, that is a good youth activity for you right there.

Anyway, they went to Wal-Mart and did the thing. It was fun, but the list wasn’t long enough so they were finished early. If you would like to do similar irresponsible things I would suggest making a no cart rule. That way you will have students trying to carry a 12 pack of toilet paper and a comforter along with various other items all around the store.

2 thoughts on “OK, now think this through

  • July 17, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    "The first rule is, I’m not supposed to talk about it. And the second rule is,…." "-B, look at my face. I’m a member."

  • July 18, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    This is kind of like an unofficial youth activity I once participated in….we went to the mall with video cameras and had to ask strangers to answer Bible trivia questions. We also decided to do some pop culture trivia and history trivia. It was a lot of fun. Kinda like Jay Walking on The Tonight Show.


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