This will be the first time as Stash readers that I make known to you my master diabolical plan. Resources, resourcing, and resource sharing is the means to the end. The end for me with this site is to create community out of the overflow from the things we have in common. We want to grow, learn, help, and reach for personal best so that we can steward well the youth that we have been entrusted with.

But it starts with us.

You can’t give what you don’t possess. To create an environment where students can take steps, self initiate, make better decisions, and push back against the desire to gratify self requires us, as youth leaders, to be that example for them.

A few weeks ago I posted a poll on cones.

33% – Honor them and follow their intent.

26% – Want to drive over them.

4% – Rearrange them.

22% – Use them as a megaphone.

4% – Make a hat out of them.

11% – Said… Other.

The presence of a cone implies authority and direction. It stands in the place of the one who created it’s intent. The boundary it conveys can be given to protect, guide, or exclude. What you do with the boundaries that are created for you says a lot about you.

For some of us there are no boundaries; for others there are too many. Some have them because of the past and some have them for a preferred future.

When you see this video how do you feel about the direction your life is headed? What are you saying no to or yes to as  a leader? Are you experiencing needless pain, confusion, or impediment in your movement toward God? Are you keeping people out or letting them in? Who can call you on the carpet? Who do you love well? What do you do with your time? How is your soul?

Are you asking of others what you would never ask of yourself? We all have seasons where we are wheels off and seasons where we need to take serious inspection of why the Bible says, “It was for freedom that Christ died.”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30

You can leave a comment if you like or take these thoughts with you as you go. I hope it gives you a chance to be helped a little for today.

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