Time is drawing nearer and nearer to R&R. I’m counting days, but trying to focus on making the days count more. One way that I really love to use my time wisely is by hanging out with my high school friends at Younglife. My husband and I became Younglife leaders shortly after moving here, and it very quickly became a huge part of our family. Every year, we take the high schoolers to weekend camp, and this weekend was my last time with this County. We will continue to be a part of Younglife wherever the Army takes us, but this Area will always be our first and the most special.
It’s an amazing thing to love on these teens, even when they go through their mood swings, and to be Jesus to them when they aren’t really sure who He is or what Christianity is all about. It can be so frustrating when they fight the perfect gift that God has to offer, but in teen ministry you have to tread lightly. It’s so easy to strike the wrong nerve and lose one of these kids completely by taking their lash outs personally. Most of the time, the struggles that teenagers face are internal. They usually aren’t necessarily caused by an outside force, but by the way they are learning to see the world. They’re in the process of discovering that they don’t have to see things as their parents do, and as Younglife leaders, we try to show them how to see the world through God’s eyes. It’s not easy, and it can be super uncomfortable, but then you have that one conversation, where the light bulb goes on, and you see it in their face. They get it, they want it, and it’s an awesome moment. Years of praying and crying for that one person become totally worth it.
This weekend was a prime example of what I’m always telling people to do when things get hard. That is to simply do something. Do something and do it all out! This deployment sucks, the lonely nights freaking suck, and not having my best friend here really freaking sucks, but my life is not on pause. I’m still useable by God, and I’d have to be an idiot to pass up the opportunity to be a part of His bigger picture for tears and lifetime movie network. Every once in a while chocolate cake and The Notebook are totally on my list, but it’s so much better to watch the love story pan out between Jesus and a high school girl, right before my eyes. I’ve always loved playing match maker!
Activity #56: Get Inked!
I’ve been thinking about my next tattoo for a few years now, and I finally decided that I was going to go ahead and do it. I met up with an artist who drew out a design for me, but then I ran into a slight difficulty. The tattoo I wanted was rather large, and would need 3 sessions, spread out over the course of 3-4 months. That timeline didn’t work out for me, so I negotiated that down to one 9-hour session. Feel free to call me Hardcore Cathi for the rest of my life, okay? Here it is! My newest art piece:
I have to go force myself to pass it so I don’t give into the urge to scratch like mad! So, until next week, send your crazy to me since I’m going there anyway!