Excuse #4 I don’t have time
Really? Are you sure about that? I bet you do. Let me speak to the two kinds of youth workers who may be reading this
If you are a volunteer/bi vocational youth worker
You have quite a task. You have minimal amount of time to get a lesson or message ready all the while working your other job. You love the youth ministry but you don’t feel like you have enough time to do anything well. I’ve been there. What can you do?
You are doing all you can. I would not feel one ounce of guilt because you can’t do it all, but the key is doing what matters most with the time you do have.
When I was part time/bi vocational, I wasn’t great at balancing life/work, it was just work. If I had it to do over, I would spend my time
- connecting more with students outside of church
- calling/texting students to just say hi and ask for prayer requests
- accepting my limitations and embracing God’s grace
If you are a bivocational/volunteer youth worker, you can’t necessarily do more but you can be more. Why not
The best way to use time is intentionally.
Remember, even more important than your youth ministry knowledge is your ability to be available. If you’re available to talk, eat, and do life with students, you won’t have to worry about having enough time to do stuff that doesn’t matter, you’ll be investing your most important minutes face to face or text to text with kids. That’s the stuff that matters.
To you who are full time
Think about your day, your habits, your time wasters. We are privileged. We have the joy of serving full time and yet we waste tons of time on stuff that will not matter on earth or in eternity. We waste so much time on frivolousness and trivia that we become unaware that we are losing kids, losing momentum, and losing credibility.
You know the phrase “Rome burned while Nero played his fiddle.”? Well, it’s possible that we are, unnecessarily, burning time off the clock of our youth ministry careers to pursue stuff that, in the end, will not matter. This roller coaster road trip could end tomorrow or in 10 years, we don’t know. This is why time is so important and should not be wasted.
How To Kill This Excuse: Discipline
Now, if you’re happy with a lifestyle where you get to snub your nose at time, go all in, enjoy. But, if you are complaining about your ministry, your lack of kids, your lack of vision, the lack of passion, please don’t use the excuse that you do not have enough time. You have control over that and you know something has to go.
Stop bingeing on Netflix
Playing on the computer
Spending so much time playing golf
Watching so much T.V.
Pick your poison. I know all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and I am not against play, fun or any of the things I have listed above. For a time, a season, you may have to put some of this away so you can work on a skill you need such as
Take college course in person or online
Watch Youtube videos about a subject
Join a community where you can skill build
Seek out a mentor for extra help and encouragement
Take a class at the Y or the library
There are options available to us all, the question is whether we will accept the discipline to do it.
We can’t make excuses and make a difference the same time.
Redeem your time. Buy it back, or if it’s been kidnapped, go Taken on it and get it back at any cost.
On to Excuse #5 I Am Powerless