Yesterday was supposed to be a big day. For weeks our staff made preparations and plans for it to be awesome and fun and great and any other positive adjective you can come up with. We had everything scripted and it was all ready to go.

We sent out post cards to promote the night.

We rented sumo suits for our game.

We made a hilarious promo/bumper video for our new series.

We had all of our top musicians ready to play in the band.

We had the talk finished and built into the computer.

The only problem is we didn’t have the actual event.

You see, for those of you outside of Knoxville, we got six inches of snow on Sunday night/Monday morning. The students were out of school Monday and Tuesday but we were hopeful that they’d have school on Wednesday so that we could have our 2011 kick-off for FUEL on Wednesday night. We have a rule that says, “No school = No FUEL” so if either school district cancelled school, we immediately cancelled FUEL.

We went about our business as normal. We were preparing for a huge event and hoping we’d be able to bring back a good portion of the 273 people who came to our Christmas party in December.

Then, around 5:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, one of the districts cancelled for Wednesday.

No school. No FUEL.


We were at a point where everything was pretty much ready to go and we had to cancel. It’s probably one of the worst feelings you can have in ministry. It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating. It’s even a little bit sad.

But it didn’t have to be a complete negative.

Our students had been home for three straight days without really going anywhere probably. Most were getting cabin fever. I jumped on the computer and sent an e-mail out to our leaders encouraging them to invite students to grab lunch or coffee or to a movie or something.

I invited them to be intentional with a snow day.

We had a few students in the office to play Catan. I went to the movies with a few more later in the day. With everything already finished, we basically had a free day to spend with our students.

So that’s what we did.

Things sometime happen in life and ministry that suck or aren’t fun at all. The key is to find the positive in them and exploit it.

We may not have had 175 at FUEL last night but I definitely had a great time with the ones that I did hang out with and God can use that hang out time just as much as he could use a large gathering.

And ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about?