Well, I leave with my youth group for Creation on Tuesday. I just got done packing yesterday. Yeah, I know what you're thinking, "Wow! Packed already?! He must be really excited." I am pretty excited, but there's a lot more to it than just that. You see, I'm packed, but the group? Not so much. The next couple of days for me will be filled with grocery shopping, calling teens to make sure they know what they need to know (because that handy packet I gave them was most likely used as a paper towel substitute in a moment of desparation and haste), finalizing some of the riding arrangements, fretting, counting... everything, making lists, checking things off those lists, making sure all the bases are covered for me at the church while I'm gone, and losing the rest of my hair.
For the youth worker, it's A LOT of work. Why do we do it all? Wouldn't it be much easier if we just went with our own friends? Sure, it would, but we do it because we believe in how God can move in your life at an event like this. We believe that every day God is reaching out his hand to you, waiting to lead you into a deeper relationship with Him and an event like this can be the springboard into this. Above all, we do this because love God and we love YOU.
So if you're going to Creation with your youth group, make sure you say thank you to your youth pastor & leaders. You honestly can't thank them enough. ;) And feel free to look me up if you're there. I'll be the guy looking relieved because the hard part is over!