Monday, June 23, 2008

Comfort Zone

So, I'm helping with our preschool VBS this week. I signed up to help with 3 year olds...hoping that I could get to know some kids Alex's age, so maybe as he finds friends at church I might know who they are. Alex is just a touch young....he'll be 3 very soon...I wanted to make sure he got to go. So, I figured volunteering would be a good touch. Really, I could have just asked Shannon to do me a favor, but I felt like I shouldn't ask unless I was willing to sacrifice the time myself.

And after day one, I realize that given the choice of 4 teenagers or 4 three year question...give me the teens! (Besides my own kids...I mean...I'd take them over either group) I see the teens leading worship with Pastor Todd, and I think...could I be in their group? Now, this isn't really a surprise to me. I've known that about myself for a long time. But as I get older, working with teens doesn't come as easily...they don't automatically think I'm cool like they did when I was 20. It takes more work to break into a relationship with them...because I'm seen as more "adult" than "cooler older kid".

Well, I have 4 more days to go, and I'm sure it will go more smoothly than it did today. Everyone says the first day is pretty chaotic, but it gets easier. So, I'm praying for patience. The kids in my group are sweet...but one boy is a little tough to keep up with. I love knowing what my kids are learning, so I can reinforce it. I know God will bless the time! For me, its about stretching my comfort zone.


At 10:11 PM, Blogger DenverSop said...

Ah, I have wonderful memories of volunteering for VBS back in Ohio. Tonight, I took on four 9-year-olds playing music games in group lessons. Those girls can SCREAM! They're fun kids, though.

Hope your anniversary was heavenly!


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