|that photo on the left? it's going to be johnny's official photo when he's famous.|
|garrett literally fell out/down right after that last photo... heheh.|
One of the ways TeenPact puts that into practice is through its class staff--all of which are former students and usually between 16 and 20ish. It's young people that have caught the vision and want to return to lead and impact more students with TeenPact. I did TeenPact as a student for two years--as a first-timer and as an alumni. This year, I was honored to be accepted as a staffer for my state class.
It was incredible.
In my personal opinion, it's basically impossible not to have fun at TeenPact as a student. Sure, you're pushed out of your comfort zone, and you have to do a heck of a lot of walking in heels, but it's the best experience ever by the end of it. Working as staff was just the coolest thing because it was like being there and doing it, but seeing it all behind the scenes, and actually making it happen.
|our perfect semi-awkward-looking "let's pretend we like each other" pose ;)|
When it came down to it, staffing was remarkably simple. That isn't to say that there aren't stretches that must be made and obstacles to be overcome, and it isn't to say that we don't strive for excellence in whatever we do, but you do it and then it's done. It was full and fun, and crazy and exciting, and surprising and impacting, memory-filled and over all just good. I got to see the students grow, and grow along with my fellow staffers too. That's the crazy thing--that all the staffers are kinda thrown together and pretend to be friends even if we've never met before. And yet there's this connection between all of us, like we know we're friends right away. It's the neatest thing to work along with these people.
Baah I can't say enough. Just get yourself to a TeenPact class pronto. You won't regret it.
I also learned two things during the camp sessions: one, that I would not make a very good worship leader, because I would just want to keep singing forever.
And two, on a more serious note, how absolutely important absolutes are. Like, absolute truths. It's something that has been more or less slapping me in the face for a couple weeks now--and it basically boils down to God. If there is no God, there are no absolute rights and wrongs. The world likes that. People can do what they want, believe what they want, think what they want. Truth is relative. If, however, there is God, we have absolute truths, absolute rights and wrongs. The world doesn't like that very much, but one of the speakers during our state class put it this way: we as Christians are privileged to hold certain opinions. Namely, that God tells us rights and wrongs, and we have the honor and the duty to hold true to those. It's rather macroscopic in proportions to think about, but gee whiz is it significant.
|staff dinner on our last day|
Besides that, I just gained a deeper appreciation for people--not only our leaders but everyone around me. It's crazy how the smallest thing I do has the potential to impact someone else so much. I'm so challenged to live more purposefully.
Over the past weekend (which has been one of the weirdest of my life), I've been mentally trying to figure out things about myself. Now I have all these crazy questions about possibly staffing with TeenPact in the future and what that would mean with regards to college and yikes I should have my life planned out...but I don't. And that's okay. Because it's in God's hands.
And God is good.
Just like last week was good. Really really good. Yeah.