Anecdotes, thoughts and words of encouragement from the Encounter Youth Team. 

Why stop the Coronavirus? Answering the age-old questions.

Abz Adekeye, Thursday 26th March 2020

Anyone else found themselves asking the age-old questions “Who am I?” and “What am I living for?” a little more often these days? No?  

Like really – why are we so dead set on beating Coronavirus? Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% for it, but what is it that we are hoping to do afterwards?

The title sequence to Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb has been stuck in my head. “There’s 104 days in summer vacation and school comes along just to end it, but the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it… LIKE MAYBE” – And then they proceed to list all these amazing things that they actually manage to achieve in one summer.

Now, we don’t know how long we are going to be at home for, but I’m beginning to think that it’s probably going to be too long for us just to put our lives on hold. So, what if we began to see this time at home as a real opportunity to make sure that the things that we do, the activities that we fill our time with, flow from who we are and what we are living for?

What on earth do I mean by that? Well I’ve been reading this book lately called Garden City, and from what I’ve read so far, it’s basically about how to live the life that we were created for.

So, look back on life just over a week ago or so. You were at school, maybe fussed about your grades. Maybe not. You were with friends, maybe trying to find a date for prom, maybe not. Maybe you were training for a tournament, or expedition that’s been cancelled. Maybe you were just as bored as you are now? But what motivates you to do what you do? Do you know what makes you tick?

I want to challenge you to use this time to start to work that out. What really matters to you. If you already know a lot about who you are and the things you love to do, use this time to do it! Get creative, make a plan and just get on with it.

If you’re not sure, or you’re realising now that you haven’t got a clue, then I want to challenge you to explore your values. What really matters to you? There’s a bunch of questionnaires you can take and books you can read and we’ll put some ideas on the website. But the best way to really get into this is, is to get to know the One who created you. He knows you best, and I just know that he’d love to talk to you about who He made you to be. Chosen, special, created in His image, just like everyone else; you are uniquely you and living to be your best self.

Psalms 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.


Phineas & Ferb: Title Sequence

Garden City: Buy the book

Valued Living Questionnaire

StengthsFinder Test 


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