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Are You Ready to Write the Resignation Letter?

I felt led to share this message with several youth workers recently and I got several emails back from many of them about how timely it was for them. I’d like to share this with you and hope it serves up a bit of an encouragement to you also!

I have said those words in my head many times. I’m a complete failure. I’ve written the resignation letter … and was ready to hand it in. Then … (gut check) I begin to be reminded in my spirit of the changed lives I’ve seen. I’m committed for the long haul.

Alec Baldwin told a reporter:

“I don’t have any interest in acting anymore. Movies are part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.

It’s a difficult thing to say, but I believe it: I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. I’ll tell you why. The goal of moviemaking is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that.”

What? This man has been on huge, award winning sitcoms … has starred in numerous movies … and has hosted the Academy Awards. Many actors would kill for that! But Baldwin was ready to throw in the towel in 2012.

Fortunately, Alec has hung in there. He’s given himself another shot.

Sometimes we don’t realize the impact we make. We allow discouragement to set in. And we consider our career a complete failure. I pray that today God reminds you, like He does with me, of your importance in the Kingdom. We need you for the long haul.

Take a moment, right now, if you feel down and out … say a prayer … and reach out to another youth worker (yes, even this guy) for some love. Again, we NEED you.  

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Terrace Crawford is an entrepreneur, youth worker-at large, with an affinity for Social Media, and founder of MinistryDownloads.com. Crawford, named as one of the Top 100 Christian Leaders to Follow on Twitter, serves church leaders (particularly youth workers) through his blog, and weekly podcast, This Week in Youth Ministry (available on iTunes).