Catch the Vision!
Guest Post by Alicia Whitsett, Youth and Family Ministry Director, Unity of SA
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” –Helen Keller
I believe that anyone who works with youth has to be a visionary. We have to be able to see the polished stone when presented with a rock. Dear UCSA Community, I want you to know that I SEE it! From the toddler forming his first friendship to the sophomore who is claiming her divinity and seeing in herself what I have seen in her for years, this program MUST continue to support the spiritual growth of every child and teen that walks through the door.
I stepped into the role of Director of Youth and Family Ministry a little over a year ago. I knew I had some pretty big shoes to fill and I also knew that time would be my friend. Ideas were pouring out of me, but I did my best to slow down the Zeal horse I rode in on and get a feel for where the program was and where it was heading. It helped that I had served for several years as a volunteer in almost every age group, but leadership did and often still does makes me feel like I am a five-year-old playing dress-up in my mother’s clothes.
What I have learned the not so easy way is that the vision and the passion have to be on the same level as the disappointments and setbacks in order for me to do any job. It sounds a little less than victorious but, you see, it is easy to get caught up in what is not working when you are only comparing it to your great, big VISION.
Instant gratification or bedtime stories for Millenials as I like to call it sure can be nice, but sometimes it says GO before we have heard all of the instructions. Note to self: Remember that I said this.
When I stop to breathe and look at the whole picture, I choose to see a dedicated volunteer team who still shows up after four or more years of service. I choose to see the designated youth ministry space that has increased security and the attention spans of the UKIDS. I choose to remind myself in moments of, “we are not there yet” just what an exciting time this is!
We are building it! Don’t be shy when passing by on your way to the CommUNITY Center after church. Come in and ask us what or how we are doing. We love that you care, but watch out! Just like Pokémon GO, you might see a volunteer opportunity or two. You might even CATCH the vision.