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Stephanie Caro's humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects and author of "Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches" and "99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker." Her next book, “Ten Solutions (to Ten Common Mistakes Small Churches Make)” comes out in 2015. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Houston, TX.

So I’m winging my way towards Indy this morning. I’m on a layover in Memphis and my flight is delayed.

Interesting how that doesn’t aggravate me. No, what bugged me was none of the power outlets worked. How inconvenient! I have to wait 1.45 hours AND I can’t recharge?

I will say what you may be thinking: I am an idiot. Well, I was for that moment anyway. What was I to do? How would I get by? How would my tightly scheduled youth ministry world ever keep spinning? Oh the inhumanity of it all!

I bet you would been a lot quicker to turn this gift of unplugged time around, wouldn’t you? You’re already thinking of ideas:

*People watch and pray
*Write notes to your student leaders
*Open up that hard copy of the Bible (it’s in your book bag somewhere!)
*Savor a cup of coffee from the Sbux that’s directly across from you.
*Strike up a conversation with the little old person sitting alone.

Those are great ideas! You’re so creative. Think I’ll try a few right now.

Thanks for the gift, God.

Stephanie

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1 COMMENT

  • Ron Jensen says:

    This doesn’t help when the juice isn’t going to the outlets, but I started carrying a power strip in my backpack. Pull it out, join the huddle around the pillar with the outlet, and I’ve just turned 2 outlets into 6… and made 4 new friends in the process. It’s opened up some fun conversations. I know this isn’t your point, but couldn’t help commenting about it. Thanks for the blog!

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