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Why I Lead

January 30, 2013 — 32 Comments

My wife and I are part of a team which helps leads young students in our youth group. Sometimes they’re angelic. Other times you’d think they were possessed.

And yet we return week after week to help teach and lead these students.

Person passed out on couch

Image by HackNY

Over the years I’ve cut back on my TV viewing. We’ve become more intentional with how we spend our time and watch we watch.

This has led us to cut our cable and purchase a Roku2 XS box. One of the cool features is the Roku allows you to subscribe to “channels.” A channel I’ve grown found of has been the TED channel.

This allowed me to watch a talk by the late Coach John Wooden. In it, he shared a poem called Why I Teach.

They Ask Me Why I Teach

How many blogs do you read a day? How many books do you read in a month? How much information do you take in over a year?

If you’re anything like me, it is quite a bit.

Pool of Knowldge/Image by Ian Muttoo

I have a list of blogs that I read regularly. It’s easy. They come to my inbox and I can choose what to read.

I’ve got more than a few bookshelves worth of books. It’s easy to go and pick one up and read it.

There’s also podcasts, audiobooks, webinars, and more that I take in.

The great information that is available is mind boggling.

And yet that is the problem.

I find myself jumping from one blog post to the next. One book to another. Podcasts and webinars are the same.