As Advent approaches, I usually hear from our youth leaders this is one of the busiest times of year. (For us at CBOQ Youth, it’s actually a slower time because no one really needs us.) While celebrations and other activities take time and energy to plan, I wonder if it becomes over-programmed.
For instance, ask yourself some of these questions:
- As you enter December, do you feel more strained or excited?
- How much down time do you have between now and December 24? (before January 3?)
- In the coming weeks, what would your students say you’re modelling for them?
- Does this time leave you feeling filled (excluding all the food) or depleted?
The fact is, Advent is meant to mark the coming of the King. It’s an opportunity to celebrate as the Israelites did during their festivals. Too many times, we allow it to become too consumed with “other stuff” (sometimes in the name of ministry). Those items in and of themselves may be good, but culmulatively could damage your soul to the grace and peace of Christ.
Before you rush into the deep recesses of this season, take some time to ensure your soul is prepared for the King (and stays prepared).
Note: If you’re not sure how to do that, contact Alvin for a short coaching session to help get you oriented.