Dear Mom and Dad,
Remember how you wished like nobody’s business that there was even any small indication that your words and efforts were making a difference? Especially when it seemed as if you had the most thankless (not to mention endless) job on the planet with nothing to quantify it?
Those days when time after time (quite possibly the 3,459,812th time) you packed everybody up, including 2 or 3 friends, for a youth event or special evening? When reality stated that you would rather be home in your own pajamas relaxing and enjoying some much deserved down time?
Let’s talk about costuming and the planning, shopping for, and eventual execution thereof? And I’m not simply referring to the holiday beginning with “H”. Rather, I’m encompassing every outing, Boy and Girl Scout function, church youth group extravaganza, and whatnot…where they pled for that extra effort so their team could “win?”
Finally, there are the books. Endless stacks, piles, and myriads of sing-songy, rhyming types that when you are weary, make you long for an adult book group.
And the Where’s Waldo picture books. If I had life experience for every time I went looking for him…chances are the best of the best detective agencies would clamor for my hire.
Maybe, just maybe, you are beyond most of the above…in the home stretch with only one or two children left under your roof. Your days consist of “checking in” with young adults while still directing older children. And yet at times, you still wonder.
Until you receive a text the likes of this:
“Helping our youth group leaders with a Real-Life Waldo event. So fun!”
Accompanied by this amazing picture:
And in that moment, once again, you are reminded that example trumps words every time, that what you are saying is molding, shaping and leaving an indelible impression on hearts and minds; serving to shape future values and priorities. And that your influence is stretched beyond yourself, producing residuals beyond anything you could have ever been paid to do in the “here and now.”
What you’re doing today and every day?