Maybe So ... (July 7)

7/4/2014

Dear Editor,

We had a good number of youth attending conference summer camp from here at Utmost United Methodist Church. They came home very excited about their experiences. You could see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and see the enthusiastic way they entered into volunteering for Vacation Bible School.

However, when they tried to relate their excitement to their friends and family, they found it difficult, if not impossible, to get them to reciprocate the excitement. No matter how they tried, most folks just smiled, or said bland things like, “Well, I’m sure you had a very good time,” or “I’m glad you went.” Period.

Our pastor, Rev. Mostly Wright, said, “Telling about an exciting experience almost never duplicates the actual joy of the actual event. We can, however, encourage them and support their enthusiasm by paying close attention. We human beings tend to lend half-hearted attention to the experience of others.”

Major Day said, “Let’s try to prepare ourselves for the fact that youth will experience a ‘let down’ upon returning to the work-a-day world and family routines. It shouldn’t be that difficult, on our part. I think it would pay dividends in our relationships with the youth.”

Until next time ...

Homer Heardmore
Rhodes Crossing, GA