The other day I came across this photo of my daughter Lilly. It was taken several years ago on a night where some close family members had came down to spend a few days with us at our home in Oklahoma.
We had a ton of fun. We stayed up late every night talking and playing cards. We loved it. My Uncle makes killer egg rolls, so one night we decided to have him make them for dinner. There was only 10 of us total and Uncle Jim made 75 egg rolls, a monster bowl of fried rice, and a huge pot of egg drop soup.
We ate and ate and ate and ate some more. It was all good, but it was a little too much. By the time it was over I had had my fill of egg rolls to such the extent that even the sight of chinese food or egg rolls, made me a little queasy for months! I had no interest in having them....at all.
Sometimes we can have too much of a good thing.
This is true not only with food but also in youth ministry. Think about it for a minute.
Your worship might be good, but do you really need to sing the same song 8 times in a row?
Your message might be incredible, but do you need dive into 15 points of faith in the same night?
Dodgeball is a game that students love, but do you have to play it every single week?
I don't think so.
Pace yourself. Leave them wanting more and who knows they just might come back next week.
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