Sometimes I think about what life would be like if I wasn't a youth worker. It has been said that it takes about 10,000 hours at something before you become a master at it. Instead of devoting 10,000 hours mastering the craft of youth ministry, here are some other tracks that I would have enjoyed pursuing: DUBSTEP: (These guys are amazing. In my heart I have always wanted to dance, but for whatever reason, I could never make my body do what my brain was thinking. I have my dancing career after only one hour. Who knew I only need 9,999 more to be like this guy?)
JOIN TEAM EDWARD: (I don't think this takes 10,000 hours, but it sure feels like it if you count the time reading the books, watching the movies, and general obsessing about it. Based on the peeps at the premiere, I think they got their 10,000 hours in.)
UKULELE: (With only 3 hours under my belt, I was able to lead worship with our ukulele band) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3RbO7updc]
EXTREME MOUNTAINBIKING: (What sort of job allows the lifestyle to master mountain biking and then mountain bike on several continents?)
OCCUPY SOMETHING (I know that doesn't take 10,000 hours, but It would be great to stick it to the man!)
BE RANKED IN MODERN WARFARE: (I hung up my xbox controller after Halo. If we could have all stayed at the James Bond on Nintendo there wouldn't be such a huge disparity in gaming skills between the 1% and the 99%.)
SURF: (It is true that I did my share of surfing while at school in UC Santa Barbara. But paddling out in 2' rolling waves did not prepare me for a surf trip to mexico where I spent the week scraping my face off the bottom of the ocean floor and thus ending my surfing career. A few more hours and zero regard for pain, I could have done this as well.)
BE THIS GUY: (Just watch and see.)
OR THIS GUY: (My more artistic side.)
Actually, the more that I think about it, I would rather enjoy a funny youtube video here and there, and spend the next 10,000 hours pouring my life into students so that they may come to know the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
What are you spending your 10,000 hours mastering?