Yes, 'Young Life' Is "Different"

Yes, 'Young Life' Is "Different"

"It's full of hypocrites, cliques and popular kids" no, its actually full of SO much more
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Chances are, if you go to a relatively big high school or college, you have heard about "Young Life."

Maybe you’ve heard that it starts with crazy loud singing and some weird games followed by just a “little bit” of Jesus at the end. With Young Life comes a lot of judgment and opinions, especially if you haven’t been. Or maybe you have been and you sat right next to the girl whose Instagram is loaded with pictures from the biggest parties and who has the reputation of “getting around” and thought to yourself “this just doesn’t seem right”.

See, that’s the most incredible part about Young Life.

One of the missions of Young Life is to reach the “furthest out kid”. The furthest out kid is not the one who sits in the front pew of church every Sunday and lives the cleanest life, avoiding parties at all costs. The furthest out kid is broken, sins and doesn’t have it all together, as none of us really do. The amazing thing is, Young Life has the ability to change your life around and allow that furthest out kid to meet Jesus for the first time and understand what it really means to have a relationship with him.

Young Life changed everything for me. I was that far out kid that lived a double life, until I was invited to club and eventually Campaigners and finally made the decision for myself to pursue a life with Jesus. Young Life was a place where I felt no judgement. I felt that I could be myself and be honest about my mistakes and my sins and still be loved in the most incredible way. I had leaders that constantly sought a relationship with me and allowed me to ask questions and were willing to be real about their own struggles.

When many of us think of Christians we think that they are people that have their lives together and are the closest people to perfect that the world will ever see but Young Life breaks that stereotype and shows us that that is the furthest thing from the truth. We are loved throughout it ALL, even our biggest mistakes and failures. Young Life provided me with friendships and relationships that are beyond any that I was ever able to create on my own. I found people that challenge me, encourage me and allow me to be ME, not someone that society tells me I have to be.

So yes, Young Life is different.

We begin club by singing Taylor Swift songs at the top of our lungs followed by games where we make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with our feet. But then the beautiful part comes, we get to hear the truth of the gospel, in a fun, judgment free environment where we are loved and accepted despite our mistakes, failures, sins, and brokenness.

My challenge for you is that even if you’ve heard that Young Life is exclusive or full of hypocrites or whatever the case may be, next time you get invited to a club, campaigners or to learn more about being a leader, I challenge you to try it because Young Life is more than just a silly club, it could be your opportunity to establish a relationship with Christ and it might just change everything for you like it did for me.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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My Dad Is A Priest, But Surprise, I'm An Atheist

After 19 years of being raised as a believer, the only thing I am sure about is that there is no God at all.

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I feel like every high school has that guy who is always super active, always makes stupid jokes, and is always ready to party. My friend was like that. He was always down for any stupid or fun thing. And I remember one time hanging out we had a discussion about parents when suddenly he goes: "Oh, my dad is actually a priest."

What?

He told us that although he was raised in a religious family, he didn't believe in God at all. He said his parents have dedicated all their lives to the Orthodox Church, and tried to educate him the same way and make him a faithful believer. But after these 19 years, the only thing that he is sure about now is that there is no God.

"Every little thing that was happening in this world was a God's plan in my parents' eyes. Every day would start with a prayer where we thank God for life, food, and anything good that's going to happen to us. Growing up in the atmosphere of endless fasts, commandments, and attending church services, little me didn't have time even to doubt this kind of life's arrangements.

"I was always supervised by my parents at those times. My mom used to be a principal of a Sunday school, which I, of course, attended. The Sunday school's mission is to teach children how to be faithful. It works just like the normal schools do, but the subjects do vary. We were taught the Church Slavic language, the Laws of God, the Old and the New Testament, the orchestra. We even had a gospel class, where we were taught to sing in a choir at the church. Basically, we were taught everything that young churchmen need to know.

"I was playing with all the kids after and between classes like in normal schools, but most of the non-religious themes were prohibited. We all were scared that if we talk about something else we will be punished by the 'powers from the above'. I did really believe in that.

"Teachers were pretty good in persuading us that God is everywhere. The whole class would repeat in unison that God sees everything, knows everything – he is charitable and sinless.

"As a result, we were scared even to think about breaking any rules. We were obligated to pray before every meal, we couldn't miss any of the church services, couldn't condemn our parents or teachers, be aggressive any time, even to protect ourselves, because 'The Lord Jesus says if you're struck on your right cheek, you offer your left' (Holy Bible).

"It was perfect for handling kids. We were scared of punishment even when we knew no one could see us. We remembered – God knows everything.

"As time went by and we became the grown-ups, we started to notice our parents' or other adults' flaws. None of them were following all of the commandments as we did; they didn't have that fear of the 'Supreme.' Even my parents that were iconic to me allowed themselves to have their hands in their pockets while being at church or leave the services to talk on the phone. They could eat all they wanted, skip fasts, or even smoke. Watching them, I lost my aspiration in following all the rules perfectly. It seemed unfair that they could be freer but I couldn't. So I started giving myself indulgences…

"For example, one of the real orthodox believer's obligations was the oblation in front of Him every Sunday morning. Every single person had to come to the church early with an empty stomach and tell all of his/her sins in order to be forgiven. And it made me sick how many 'faithful' adults used it as the excuse for not following God's rules. Not to mention how many times the money donated to the church was stolen. They would sin and then just ask for forgiveness and become sinless again.

"When I started realizing all those things, my life started changing."

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