From Stagnation to Oasis: The Search for Renewal
As we welcome the new year, we often hope that we will change certain behaviours or habits to become a better person. In the marathon that 2022 will be, how will we place purpose in every step?
A secret ingredient that will help us flourish in our new years resolutions or commitments of renewal is accountability and community. Keeping your desire for change a secret can be tricky, as can be tempting to bury it in the back of our heads. It can almost taunt us as it reminds us of what we wanted to achieve. Instead, by creating commitments of renewal with likeminded people, those we are journeying with or perhaps our family, and giving them permission to check in on it, can increase our chance in achieving healthy change!
Let January be the start of a year blessed in renewal as we journey together in creating a firm foundation in Jesus.
- FRG Catholic Influencers Podcast- Share your Hope (Available on Spotify): A great tool for reflection on where you are at with your relationship with Jesus.
- The Genius Podcast - The Power of the Ordinary (Available on Spotify): From 10:00 mark - what might be making you stagnant in your daily life?
“God’s love shows itself just as well in the simplest soul which puts up no resistance to His grace as it does in the loftiest soul.”
Story of a Soul by St Therese of Lisieux
Youth Group Activity Idea:
Developing a Commitment in Your Relationship with Jesus
Reflecting can help us to see gaps in our lives that we could fill and prayer can often highlight how Jesus wishes us to fill it. Let us reflect on how our relationship with Jesus is and how we can transform stagnation into an oasis in our prayer life.
The following exercise can be done as a prayer or reflection exercise followed up with small groups or a group discussion. Below are some questions that might help facilitate this reflection with our young people. It can be concluded by a young person reading out loud their commitment to a youth leader or to their small group, depending on your group, as vocalising this can assist in be motivation in actualising their desire. Finally, end the small group or youth group with an encouragement to frequently look over this commitment of renewal and create opportunities to check in on how they are journeying with it.
Reflect about what you desire to transform or to produce new life. What is it that you know that you could do more in? Why do you want to change or desire more in your relationship with Jesus? What do you want this to look like in the future? What are some practical steps in achieving this?
Currently, I go to mass every Sunday but I couldn’t tell you what the readings were or what the homily was about. I just stare ahead and all of a sudden mass is over and I go home. I want to become better at focusing on mass and in understanding one message from the readings. I think this will help me learn more about Jesus and scripture, something I am not confident in. To do this, I will commit to starting a mass journal to mass on Sundays where I can write a phrase or some words that might stand out to me from the readings and homily.