First, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Independence Day. Even though I have multiple things going on (mostly in my head right now) I want to acknowledge this important date, and express just how grateful I am to live in such a wonderful country, with such amazing freedoms. Even though things aren't how we always wish they were - politically and such - we are so lucky to have that problem instead of other ones!
Today is a day of anticipation and hesitation all mixed into one. The "can I really do this?" thoughts swirling around in my head are heavy and at the same time the "God won't give me more than I can handle" thoughts tend to flick the other ones away just as easily as they come.
Tomorrow is the first day of High School Camp. Our theme for the week is "What This World Needs". This is the third year I've accepted the call and the challenge to go forth and do something real! The kids and the staff at this camp are amazing, and I feel so privileged to get to spend a part of my life seeing them grow.
The difference this year is that I got a promotion. It's my positive way of saying I've been given extra responsibilities and duties. Not only that, but I'm dragging my husband along this year too. He's never been before, and for some reason it's made him a bit anxious too. I prefer to call it a healthy fear. We have joined forces with a couple more great people from another church, and the group of us will be leading worship for the entire week. This is one of those things that started out as a thought, a comment, a discussion just between two of us, a little tiny dream, and when the day came that we were asked to serve in this capacity, it was very hard to not see God's hand at work. We accepted, and have spent weeks preparing, practicing, changing keys frequently and singing in the car. We are EX.CI.TED!
The other new thing I'll be tackling is a class. I don't think I've taught an actual class since that year I led 5 year olds at Vacation Bible School when I was barely 20. This is an entirely different caliber of students, and an entirely different world we live in than when I was in High School. My chosen topic (or perhaps the one God chose for me?) is How to Minister through Blogging and Social Networking.
Hello? Was someone sneaking around and telling the director of the camp what I did in my spare time? Nope - I found out it was just something he asked me out of the blue - and boy did he ask someone with just a bit of knowledge or what? Crazy weird. That's what I call it. I am not a teacher, I am certainly not a public speaker (this is about as public as it usually gets right here!) and I totally am hanging WAY out of my comfort zone. So far out that I need an extra pair of support hose. (Don't picture that, it's not healthy)
So - along with the weeks of prep for Worship, I've secretly been hiding out and preparing to talk to High School students about how Facebook can change lives. I've written notes on how to totally turn off an atheist using your blog. I've got an example of how MySpace completely ruined someone's chances of working at a church because he couldn't hide his online hypocrisy. I'll also be showing how Twitter can be an integral part of a young persons evangelism.
Am I ready? Noooo way no how. But I think I've got a few things worth sharing, and I pray, and ask your prayers as well, that the hearts and minds of the kids this week will be open and receptive through the words they hear, the music they sing and the activities we all participate in as we discover what this world needs.