Is it a life full of activities or good deeds, the lack of worry or concern, or having power and success?
Jesus said he came so that we could each “have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10), but if you’re like me, you don’t always feel like you’re experiencing life in all its fullness. Regardless of our faith, where we live, or how much money we have, we all struggle with what it means to experience a full life and whether we are truly living the life God intended.
This year, the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), a network of campus movements including InterVarsity/USA, is partnering with World Vision to bring college students and young adults around the world together to explore the meaning of “life in all its fullness” during the Easter/Lenten season through a campaign called Live Life. The campaign will feature six weekly challenges, stories of students making a difference from countries around the world, and a global sharing platform where each person can share how they are uniquely participating.
Currently, people have already signed up from more than 75 countries, including Albania, which I was able to visit a couple months ago. In Albania and many other developing countries, World Vision organizes youth clubs that bring youth together to learn life skills and advocate for change in their communities. When I met these youth, they were fascinated by the fact that I was an American, and asked many questions about our trends and pop culture. And I think they were more interested in our recent presidential elections than most youth I know in the United States.
If I had asked them what fullness of life meant to them, I assume many would have discussed the economic difficulties faced by their communities, mentioned some of the differences between their lives and mine, or pointed to the messages exported from American pop culture.
But I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant. I don’t think he was referring to the American dream of health, wealth, and happiness. Jesus modeled a life of love—a life that sacrifices for others, proclaims good news to the poor, and welcomes the outcast.
Over the six weeks of Lent, I will join others around the world to dive into the life and ministry of Jesus, his journey to the cross, and what his death and resurrection means for our lives. We’ll also share our lives with one another—what we are learning during this Easter journey, and how we are responding within each of our own communities.
You are invited to join us and share this opportunity with others. The journey begins February 13. Sign up today.
James Pedrick is the Global Youth Engagement Manager for World Vision International and helps lead the World Vision ACT:S movement in the U.S. You can follow him on Twitter.