Late last year I was asked to join the youth leadership team at my Youth Group. In many ways this opportunity is an answer to my prayers; that I step outside of myself and serve. Volunteer youth ministry is a big commitment, but I know that the role has been, and will continue to be, an avenue which pushes me to my fullest potential — all for the greater glory of God.
Our annual youth retreat/camp took place in early January. It was my first time leading at the camp, which was nerve-wracking at first, but served as a fulfilling experience on the whole. The theme was the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love (based on 1 Corinthians 13:13.) We divided the three between the leadership team; my group covered Hope. We did a good deal of research for our talks and activities, so much so that we often became overwhelmed by all the possibilities we had in regards to ground to cover. We were so blessed to have learnt so much about this often forgotten virtue during the process.
One of my favourite discoveries was the following quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:
“To have Christian hope means to know about evil and yet to go to meet the future with confidence. The core of faith rests upon accepting being loved by God, and therefore to believe is to say Yes, not only to him, but to creation, to creatures, above all, to men, to try to see the image of God in each person and thereby to become a lover. That’s not easy, but the basic Yes, the conviction that God has created men, that he stands behind them, that they aren’t simply negative, gives love a reference point that enables it to ground hope on the basis of faith.” ― Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Will share more about our Hope discoveries in future posts.
God is awesome!