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The Volunteer Dilemma

The old adage - you can't live with 'em, and you can't live without 'em ... applies perfectly to volunteers in youth ministry programs.  This weekend we're selling car wash cards to fund our mission trip - so I'll be the holiest gal around with every Sunday Mass under my belt both this weekend and next.

So, after the 5:30 tonight, I was talking with the teens, we reached our goal for sales.  I was the last one out of the Church (well, almost), locked up my money, the building, and was traveling to my car - hobbling along.  I'd be awake since 6:20am (less than 6 hours of sleep last night), had chopped tons of fruit, set up a party for 100 people, and sat in the sun-receiving the standard sunburn.  Then here comes the bug - literally - containing the volunteer who is the most enthusiastic person I've ever met!  That sentence may have sounded like a compliment to you - but I hope that the build-up portrayed my real emotions.

Then I had to stand and talk for another 15 minutes ... in mind circles, around - and around - and around - and around.  He has a desire to be the needed male chaperon for our mission trip this summer - and that thought gives me about as much joy as the thought of sticking myself with 1 million porcupine quills.

Now - the question is ... How can I appropriately deal with this?  He's very excited about helping, potentially over excited.  The solution is probably that I need to change myself and my attitude when I'm around him.

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