These past 2 months have been busy for me. I had a lot on my plate. On top of school and work, I got asked if I wanted to serve as coordinator in a RICA Retreat here in Denton. Not knowing what I was getting into, I accepted. A week later, I got a call and got asked if I wanted to help serve in my very first Kairos retreat for teens which would take place 6 hours away, and of course, I said yes. I was excited to be called to serve in new places. It is what I wanted. I got to serve to different age groups which were interesting and fulfilling. Even though I had things going on in my personal life, I feel like God made sure I did not steer away from His calling. One way or another he pulls me near Him.
Although it was a beautiful experience seeing the retreats unravel, it was a stressful process due to the preparation and directing and the fact that the 2 retreats were back to back; one weekend after the other. The important thing is that we delivered what the Holy Spirit guided us to speak and do. Seeing the blueprint of the retreats that were served, allowed me to see the way that God works in others and in myself. I served to teens who weren’t close to God and to adults who were getting ready to do their sacraments. All on different levels of spirituality, yet God worked through each and every one of us to make sure we did and said what needed to be said at that moment to them, thanks to the Holy Spirit guidance. I learned new things in the process, how to coordinate a retreat and how to serve in a Kairos retreat. A great thing that I got out of these retreats was more love from God, a bigger interest in His teachings and that I was able to walk away knowing that I have made new friends in Christ, who have the same interests I do in serving God. It is amazing what God does and the people He puts in our lives.
I was able to walk away happy and accomplished this last weekend to wrap up the retreat mode knowing that I did the best that I could with what I was given. It was all full of love and friendship and growth. A cool thing about the retreats was that it was during the beginning of Lent, so it was another wake-up call for me to stay committed in what God has in store for me and to hunger more for his word and to share it to those who may not be familiar with it.
No matter what stage you are in your life, whether you are a teen or an adult you are never too young nor too old to receive nor proclaim the word of God. He is ready for you right now, whether you think it is too early or too late. Don’t let society get in your way, follow God and everything will fall into place.
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”