Power of Words
As we welcome the new year, we also welcome the on-going journey of life! Some may have set resolutions or have mapped out goals they wish to achieve. We know, however, that these are not easy and in most cases, there's a need for accountability and encouragement from others to be able to reach these ideals. We need to be surrounded by good company in order to pursue what is good, true and beautiful.
To begin the new year, we have collected resources based on the topic of Friendship. Friendship is an important area of our faith to explore as it encourages young people into community and teaches them to build relationships based on trust and love. Friendships are where young people find a place to belong, are able to grow in holiness and can share the joys and struggles of every day life.
The Power of Words to Tell Lies or Speak Truth
Mari Pablo reflects on the frequency of lies in our everyday life, how labels we hear or place on ourselves restrict who we are, and shares how we can use the truth from the Bible to combat lies and labels. Honestly, the whole video is full of practical tips and would recommend watching all 12 minutes!
I tried daily affirmations for 7 days.
A fun little video of a man trying daily affirmations, talking to himself in the mirror targeting some self-doubts and speaking positivity into his life. This could be incorporated with scripture to speak God’s truth in your life.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Youth Group Activity Idea:
This activity is designed to be an uplifting and light-hearted prayer time that will lead into small groups. By giving all youth leaders and participants an envelope, everyone will have the opportunity to affirm one another and to reflect on what was written.
Simply, write the names of youth leaders and participants on individual envelopes and hang them on a wall. Have pens, textas, and paper cut to a similar size to palm cards available at the front or at a prayer focus. Then give up to 30 minutes for all to write affirmation to one another. Music of choice can be acoustic praise & worship or Christian lofi - aim for something that will blend into the background that will not be a distraction.
Ensure all participants get an affirmation by getting the youth leaders to write only to participants and have one person monitor which envelopes get less attention. In preparation, write out scripture verses that are about God’s love to distribute into the envelopes.