Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Leaving YL...

Today I started cleaning out my desk in the Young Life office. For those who may feel out of the loop, let me catch you up.

I have spent the last 7 years on staff with Young Life, mostly in Loudoun County, Virginia. Just this year through a series of some good and some hard reasons I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to move on. So, back in April I submitted my letter of resignation and effective July 31st I will no longer be on YL Staff.

I was talking to my friend Emma back in April about going off staff...she said to me "I just don't feel like you're done at Heritage" Which is where I've been leading YL the last four years.

I said "I know. I love Heritage, I love the kids, the school, administration, the community... maybe I'm not done there, but I am done as YL Leader."

A few weeks later I started asking God to show me his sovereignty in this process. I wanted to see and believe Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future." About a month after I started praying that, in whirlwind of conversations that happened over 3 days I was offered a job teaching at Heritage. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? How awesome is that!?

My time will be split "A days" at Harmony Middle School and "B days" at Heritage. I'll be teaching Family and Consumer Science which is basically modern home economics.

I have never done this before. I was at YL camp a couple weeks ago with over 70 high school kids from Western Loudoun and I really kind of felt like it was easy. It got me wondering if part of the reason I'm going off YL Staff is because I need to be challenged and to step outside of my comfort zone.

So here I go, both feet in. I am excited, and a little sad about the change, and a lot nervous about what the heck I'm doing.

Wish me luck...or better yet...pray for me!


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