Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Navigating Summer Boredom, Part 1: Movies

The Young Life Leader Blog has been on vacation these past few days and the down time got me thinking about down time. Part of being a leader is teaching kids how to use their large amounts of summer free time wisely. It's been said that "Idle hands are the devil's workshop," and these three months are full of idle time for many of our high school friends. That boredom is what often leads to decisions they later regret.

Over the next week or so I'm going to post some thoughts to hopefully start a discussion among us leaders on this blog around this idea of helping our high school friends navigate the summer boredom. I'd love your input and ideas so please respond in the comments section.

Response To Boredom #1: Movies At Home
When I'm feeling lazy and want to watch a movie, often I can't even muster up the energy to make it the half mile down the road to the closest Redbox, so I settle for Netflix. It's convenient and readily available, but there aren't really any movies left on my Instant Queue that are worth my time. That often doesn't stop me and 2 hours later I consistently wonder why I wasted my time watching that stupid movie about old guys on motorcycles. High schoolers have even less of a filter when making wise decisions, and there are some straight raunchy movies available instantly on Netflix. What if we as Young Life leaders made an effort to suggest worthwhile movies to our high school friends? Maybe they would ignore us, but maybe not?

What movies would you suggest for a high schooler to watch that might actually be worth their time and that they might not have already seen?

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