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The Lazy Label

By Doug Franklin March 29, 2012

I read an article recently questioning whether youth workers were lazy. The truth is some are and some aren’t, just like every profession. The reason the question is asked is because many in our profession have been lazy. The lazy label didn’t just come from thin air, it’s there because it’s been a problem. Our work activities don’t help either; going to games, having junk-food parties, summer camp and playing paintball don’t often add up to super hard working in most people’s minds. The truth is, hard work is a personal discipline. If you have it, going to games and camp are all part of your mission and bring results like students walking with Christ. If you don’t have it you do all the same activities you just don’t see any results.  So which are you: lazy or hard working?

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More