My youth minister required each of us to attend a retreat. I remember laughing with my friends about how boring it would be, and being frustrated with how much it would waste my time. But my mom and I decided "together" that I would go to the Fall Retreat: the first of the year. Hey, at least I could get it over with early.
We arrived at the retreat and my mind couldn't be further away from where we were. All I could think about was the parties I was missing, the friends I could have spent time with, and even the homework I could have been doing (just kidding.) As we started to sing and pray, I realized something that I'd never considered before: the God who they were talking to...I didn't know anything about Him.
I'll skip all the sappy stuff and just say this: LifeTeen's Fall Retreat blew my mind, changed my heart, and opened me up to a reality that I'd never considered: I have a Good, Good Father, and all that He asks is that I just let Him love me, and do all that I can to love Him in return. After years of sitting in Catholic school and going to Sunday school on top of it, I had never allowed myself to actually LEARN that.
Why do I tell you this? I know that there are a bunch of you at home now, realizing that you're going to have to attend the Spring Retreat, and you're miserable over it. I'm telling you, as a peer...give God a chance to do something incredible in your life. I'm telling you this because I want you to know...I'll be attending the Spring Retreat, and every LifeNight I can, and even the Summer Retreats. Why? Because now, I don't feel that I have to go--I feel drawn to the God who called me on that very first retreat under the guise of "Confirmation requirements."
I am so excited to be confirmed. I don't know why--I'm still not sure that I'll ever understand how we can receive these gifts and fruits by being blessed with some oil, but all I know that God is more powerful than any of my expectations and any of my doubts. I can't wait to be confirmed, and experience the grace of the Holy Spirit in my life. Fire, Fall Down.
-2015 Fall Retreat Attendee, Confirmandi (name removed for security)
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