So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:67-68)
There are many distractions in modern life. Consumerism – the constant ‘wanting’ touted as ‘good for the economy’ is one. Another is a restless need to constantly be busy, be productive. Another still is the way work demands can spill over into non-working hours. These examples, and others like them, are never sated. Where will we find true meaning for our lives? Augustine’s words, which echo the scripture passage, are well put: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you”. Am I making regular time to find that rest?
Young people have a variety of influences on them such as family, friends, social media, Internet and TV. Exploration is a natural part of being young. However, young people can be easily influenced – not being sure which way to turn. Our influence, our example of ‘finding rest’ in our faith is important to share with our young people.
Have a great week!