“It’s Time to Revitalize” by Justin Dowiot, Youth Minister

“It’s Time to Revitalize” by Justin Dowiot, Youth Minister

A few weeks ago, I arrived back from our snow camp trip to Camp Berea in Hebron, NH.  This is a trip that our students and youth team look forward to every year.  We all look forward to it because it’s simply a fun time away filled with games and community, but also because we know that every year this is a weekend that we are all able to get revitalized.

We come back to our everyday lives energized and ready for whatever life could throw at us.  We are confident that God is by our side and will carry us through the storms of life.  We are excited about our relationship with Him going forward, and are filled with anticipation about our time we spend with Him.

Every year we see this trip to camp rekindle that fire inside of so many of our students and our team.  When we return with this newly discovered passion, love, energy, trust, boldness, or whatever else you want to call it, I can’t help but think of Isaiah 40:31:

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

So my question is, what in your life revitalizes your relationship with God?

Many of us don’t have the opportunity to go to camps with students and rarely get the chance to go on a retreat to devote extended time with God.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t be refreshed.  It doesn’t mean that your life isn’t filled with ways to renew your connection to God.

Is there a certain book or story in the Bible that remind you of who God really is?  Is there a song that illustrates how good He really is?  Is there a place at home or nearby that you can have the best conversation with Him?  Is there a spot you go to that you can’t help but recognize God’s creative artistry?  Or what is something else that brings you closer to God?

Whatever it is for you, don’t put it off and wait until life becomes too overwhelming.  Make it a discipline to revitalize your life with God.  It doesn’t have to be hard; today can be the day that you return to community with God, ready for life, and armed with your rediscovered passion and enthusiasm that will carry you forward.