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No Power Outlets!

 —  September 14, 2012 — 1 Comment

So I’m winging my way towards Indy this morning. I’m on a layover in Memphis and my flight is delayed.

Interesting how that doesn’t aggravate me. No, what bugged me was none of the power outlets worked. How inconvenient! I have to wait 1.45 hours AND I can’t recharge?

I will say what you may be thinking: I am an idiot. Well, I was for that moment anyway. What was I to do? How would I get by? How would my tightly scheduled youth ministry world ever keep spinning? Oh the inhumanity of it all!

I bet you would been a lot quicker to turn this gift of unplugged time around, wouldn’t you? You’re already thinking of ideas:

*People watch and pray
*Write notes to your student leaders
*Open up that hard copy of the Bible (it’s in your book bag somewhere!)
*Savor a cup of coffee from the Sbux that’s directly across from you.
*Strike up a conversation with the little old person sitting alone.

Those are great ideas! You’re so creative. Think I’ll try a few right now.

Thanks for the gift, God.



Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

One response to No Power Outlets!

  1. This doesn’t help when the juice isn’t going to the outlets, but I started carrying a power strip in my backpack. Pull it out, join the huddle around the pillar with the outlet, and I’ve just turned 2 outlets into 6… and made 4 new friends in the process. It’s opened up some fun conversations. I know this isn’t your point, but couldn’t help commenting about it. Thanks for the blog!

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