Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
JJ11 is history, and as one parent pointed out this week, “the honeymoon doesn’t last long.” It doesn’t take more than a couple of days for business issues to return to the forefront, especially pertaining to the enclosed registration for fall clubs and all of the work that goes in to planning for projected rosters, assistants, and coaches. That’s the nature of this business—often shifting gears rather quickly—and that’s why Wendy & I relish our time off every summer and Christmas vacation. To further pace the demands of this company, I’m pulling back from daily, on-site involvement one day a week as of this fall. The high-level Elite Club is being entrusted to the very capable hands of Coach Scott Richter and Coach Billy Watson, two 3rd year Jughead alumni who have complementary and overlapping skills of creativity and technical prowess.
As for me, I’m going to allow for more margin in my weekly schedule with the hopes of further exploring and developing a sideline hobby/career in speaking & writing. I love many aspects of JUGHEADS, and I love the pinnacle experience that JJ represents each year, but often it is wearying work. I thank God for giving me a specific Bible passage when He called me to youth work 17 years ago this month. It’s applicable to this relational business, and He has given me strength to defy the gravity of burnout through the peaks & valleys since the inception of JH:
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (ESV)
I put God first, Wendy second, and JH a distant third in my life. That’s the secret of this company’s gravity-defying success.