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When I was in college, we had this couch. I think we found it at a flea market, but it made its way into my dorm sophomore year. It wasn’t super comfortable, but it was prime real estate for watching TV, playing XBOX, or napping.
Here’s where it got ugly. Four guys in a dorm, one couch. We would sweat our face off playing football or soccer, and then sit on the couch…still soaking wet. We would go to Buffalo Wild Wings for the night, come back, and…well…break wind…sitting on the couch. In fact, there was a three week period in our dorm where at least two members of our suite at a time were incapable of leaving our room due to sickness, and we slept on that couch. I’ll spare you more details.
Eventually, it got to the point where when someone sat on the couch, it let out a putrid, deathly aroma, like a “Smell Sponge.” It got so bad, and we didn’t know what to do.
What does this have to do with student ministry? Our cars get nasty, our offices get stinky, the youth room smells of rotten puke when the AC turns on. I don’t know what it is, but I know that we all have times when something reeks and it’s more than we can handle.
The fix? A dryer sheet.
That’s it. In college, we’d put one hanging from the air vent, or in the couch cushion. When I was driving 500+ miles/week, I’d just put one in the backseat floorboard. In my office, I’ve set one on top of a bookshelf. For some reason, a quality dryer sheet will fix any smell. This isn’t heavy on theology, student ministry, or church, but it’s something I’ve made use of in my limited time as Student Pastor, and I hope you can too!