Ready for a confession from this youth worker? Sometimes I dread VBS.
I think of the details. Lining up volunteers overwhelms me. I worry that we’ll have too many kids. I worry that we won’t have enough kids. I fret about the meal at the end of the week and what to put on the menu. I prepare myself to defend the menu to the kitchen crew who questions whether or not kids will eat corn dogs.
A silly thing happened to me last week though. I started to genuinely get excited about this summer’s VBS. I made a huge octopus out of posterboard and hung it up on a bulletin board. Now I walk by it and I smile.
I heard one girl ask how many kids we would get for VBS and another girl replied, “Probably less than a hundred.” (Small church, small town… 100 is a noble goal)
Then I was talking to a friend and she confessed that she was getting excited about a few things this summer. I reassured her, “It’s okay to get excited about things.”
I’m usually pretty even-keel. No real ups, no real downs. I anticipate things with a balanced mix of enthusiasm and dread. Not this time, though. This time it’s full on, eager and unbridled enthusiasm. I’m sure the details and recruiting will stress me out but it will be in a joyful, happy way. Maybe stress can serve as a motivator instead of a harbinger of a moody funk.
I’m still a bit cynical about things. I’m trying to make the most of the joy and enthusiasm now in case I go back to everything feeling like a chore.
What upcoming events or things are you excited about?