Ever feel like you’re suffocating under a sea of shoulds in
your life? It’s not just stressful to be over-whelmed by shoulds,
it’s dangerous. It’s like fog rolling in when you’re driving 75
mph. Or, even more ominous, it’s like a slow-acting poison…
Remember that former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic, Alexander Litvinenko? Someone
slipped a radioactive element—polonium- 210—into Litvinenko’s food. It’s extremely
hard to detect and is a radiation hazard if it’s ingested—it destroys the immune system.
It killed Litvinenko in three weeks. The polonium-210 of youth ministry is called Overwhelming
Shoulds. We’re bombarded with so many shoulds that it’s hard to not ingest way too many. That’s
exactly why we asked the “Deeper Learning” track leaders and keynote speakers at our upcoming
National Youth Ministry Conference
to weigh in on their one-shot “should” for youth ministry. Think
of these “one shots” like fog lights…or the antidote to a poison.