Monday, April 27, 2015

At The End Of The School Year, Don't Forget To Do This

As the school year comes to an end, let's be Young Life leaders who thank people well. My Area Director in college repeatedly drilled three things into our skulls:
  1. Pray First.
  2. Thank People Well.
  3. Have good breath when doing contact work.
Who Do You Need To Thank?
  • Administration
    • The principal at your school didn't have to let you come to lunch. Send them a note with a $10 Subway gift card saying 'Thanks for letting us eat lunch with your kids this year. Enjoy a lunch on us this summer. Sincerely, the Smith Middle Young Life Team"
  • Athletic Director
    • Remember those athletic passes your YL team got at the beginning of the year. Think how much $ they saved you. What about a picture of your YL team holding a sign saying 'We heart Coach Mac' for the AD's office?
  • Club/Campaigners Host Homes
    • That family let you have fifty middle schoolers invade their basement. 
    • The mom who cooked dinner for your Campaigners group more times than you can count. 
    • That dad is still repairing the damage from when your sumo-suit put a crater in his garage wall. 
  •  Area Director
    • Being a YL AD is no easy task. Area Directors spend tons of time making it possible for us to be YL leaders. Send them a note of encouragement thanking them for leading well and be specific about how they've encouraged you.
  • Spouse
    • If you're married, make the effort to thank your spouse for allowing you to pursue this calling. What if you gathered some of your high school friends to put on a mini 'YL club' for the purpose of celebrating your spouse? Or how about a needed Date Night now that club is taking a summer break?
  • Middle/High School Friend
    • Do you have some kids in your YL club that went the extra mile to help out at YL this year? Model gratitude for them by sending an unexpected note. Print a pic of you with your middle/high school friend and turn it into a postcard.
  • Jesus
    • Celebrate this year by thanking the One who made it all possible. Build an ebenezer. Remember God's faithfulness!

Psalm 100:4- Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His name. 

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