Those of you who know me know I really don't like being around large groups of children any age. But I want to do my part and help the youth group. I tell my daughter that I'm doing it for her, but ironically she doesn't want to participate in the Youth Living Stations. Oh well. I'm still doing my part.
I don't give up anything for Lent on these years I'm working with the kids. Because I dislike being around large groups of children, I see it as my Lenten sacrifice.
Don't get me wrong. I like children in general, but large groups can throw me down. But the bigger reason I do this is because it's nothing short of a miracle. The kids pull together and it's always a perfect performance. And really, to say that I "run" it is just a title. The kids run the whole thing, I'd be hard pressed to tell them what they need to do. I'd have to look at pictures and figure it out. But every year, the older kids (they are 5th through 8th graders) direct the show, then the next year the next group of kids directs it.
Also, these are good kids. They are kids who want to be there because it's purely volunteer. Every year I thank them for stepping up. And every year I am grateful for their passion. I really just have to show up and keep them on schedule.
But like many volunteer positions, I certainly get more from being with these kids than they get from me. So it's all good. I think I should give up whining for Lent.