I tried out a new flavor of tea today. It was just regular green tea with some pineapple extract in it. The aroma was magnificent and the taste was quite soothing. Although, I have let my hot tea get cold. But, Im finding that it taste very good cold as well. Unfortunately, the aroma is gone along with the soothing effect. In my opinion Tea is always better hot, there is so much more to experience.
My husband is a youth pastor, and has been at this church for only a little over two months. I feel that it is important for me to become part of leading the group as well. It is quite hard getting established with young adults. Every new youth group we must start from the beginning forming relationships with them. It gets rather discouraging in the beginning because not many of them are ready to open up in front of the new leaders or their peers. We realize that it takes time to form special bonds with them in order for them to feel comfortable and share their stories and knowledge (especially the shy ones).
Last night I felt the ice was starting to break. Some of the youth had retold what we have been discussing for past few weeks! I know it doesn't seem like much but when every week you talk and they stare at you as if you have a booger on your face the whole time, you feel like you are getting no where. When they give you a sign that they have been paying attention and start involving themselves, well, the feeling is quite like climbing mount everest. I think, I have not done that but Im sure its the same feeling. I think every youth pastor and their spouse go through this when moving to a different church. The kids have to be around you and feel you out before they are able to open up. But, when that first sign of ice breaking occurs, great things begin to happen.
God is good.