Graduations and Transitions and the Bittersweet nature of it all

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It’s that time of the year again. The fateful season of graduations and farewells and transitions and the beautiful, but bittersweet reality of moving on. It’s the same dynamic every year, and yet it continuously catches me by surprise. Transitions are never easy, but they are a vital part of life.

In youth ministry, we simultaneously celebrate and mourn during graduation season. As hard as it is to say goodbye, we also celebrate the reality that the future is here and it’s time to embrace it.

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Embrace the Anomaly

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Have you heard the story of Kris Kristofferson? He tried for years to hand his demo tape to Johnny Cash, but it never worked out.

Kris gave his tape to everyone in Cash’s entourage–his band members, his manager, even his wife–but the tapes all ended up in the trash. Then, one day, Kris landed a helicopter in Cash’s back yard and handed him his demo tape.

Cash listened to it and ended up producing it. He was impressed by the music, but also by the reckless abandonment shown by Kristofferson. The funny thing is, moments like this change the course of someone’s life.

Sometimes risk pays off.

Sometimes anomalies happen.

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Create Movements, Not Resolutions

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It was G.K. Chesterton who changed my thinking about time and age. I used to think as the years added up and your life ebbed farther away from adolescence it meant you were slowly dying, even though no one wanted to admit it. I viewed life like that creepy hour glass on the Days of Our Lives—it just keeps dropping sand until your out. Chesterton, however, wrote about God having an ‘eternal appetite of infancy,’ that is to say, he doesn’t grow old or tired, but lives each day with the same passion and excitement as when the world was first created. Our Heavenly Father, according to Chesterton, is younger than we are.
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A Theology of Fun

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This past weekend we had one of the most highly anticipated events of our youth ministry calendar—our All-Nighter. The anticipation works two ways: 1) The joy of fun times and a night of random crazy antics coming your way 2) The trepidation that sinks in when you realize you get a night of no sleep. The latter becomes especially obvious the older you get.

But we do all-nighters, just like we do other fun type events, because we believe in the power of fun. Further, we might go as far as to say we believe in developing a theology of fun.

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