Before I start, I would like to say a huge thank you to Mai Mash, Rumbi, Faith Rose and Rambi for taking the time to speak to the youth of Methodist Revival last week. I speak freely on behalf of everyone who attended in saying we had a lovely time and appreciate all the effort they made. And lastly, a big thank you to everyone who attended, it was nice seeing some familiar faces, and meeting new people.
Consider this… most people like to say that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and yes, to a certain extent this is true. In the bible God literally commands us to be leaders – to lead by example. But as a young person myself, I sometimes feel burdened because it’s not always easy to live an exemplary life in this world, especially with the struggles and pressures I face on a day-today basis. I know, for me and many other young people it can sometimes feel like ‘what’s the point?’ but one thing I personally learnt is that the beliefs and philosophies of modern day society are irrelevant and are completely opposed to God’s plan and will for our lives. In fact, it actually contradicts what is found in God’s word, for example in the bible (if you read 1 Timothy 4:12) Paul doesn’t tell Timothy “why not? You only live once” or “you’re only young once, might as well do what you want” he tells him quite the opposite. From these teachings, I learnt that we must try to live a life that is bold and to be an example to believers (as well as non-believers) on how to live in God’s word.
During our session with the lovely, Faith Rose we were taught about the power of storytelling. An aspect of humanity that’s lived on in our culture for centuries and whose life lessons has shaped many of us into who we are today. We learnt how storytelling brings people together both physically and spiritually by emphasising common beliefs. And that storytelling gives people the space to discover the meaning of what’s being said, allowing us to learn, discover and own what we need to do for ourselves as young Christians.
I think nearly everyone has had someone tell them ‘oh don’t be silly, just be yourself!’ “Be true to yourself” etc. Trust me when I say that sounds like a really amazing thing to do, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished that I could do just that. Don’t ask me why, but for some crazy reason, I always assumed that I was the only one who found it hard to be true to myself in certain situations. Thanks to Rambi, our special guest who hosted an amazing and eye-opening girls’ talk session on the topic of authenticity, I now look at life a little bit different. Our session started off with us completing the sentence “I am…” Sounds easy enough, right? Well that’s exactly what I thought until I picked up my pen and couldn’t think of one thing to say about myself (eventually I did). But I realised later in sharing and listening to what everyone had to say, that being authentic and true to yourself is a daily practise, and is a moment-by-moment choice of embracing your truth and being fearless enough to accept life experiences and feel emotions as they arise. There are no shortcuts, it takes practise and real inner work.