The here and now of it

by Ali Hoffman

North Texas Catholic

3/2/2020

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I’ve been a full-time youth minister working with middle school and high students for the past six years, and it’s always amazing to hear their hearts, their dreams, and their visions for their lives.

Before the world tells them they cannot do whatever sets their hearts on fire and before the world crushes what imagination and creativity they’ve cultivated, there is their heart, set wide open on display in hopeful anticipation.

I love cultivating and uplifting people in their unique gifts and talents because I’ve come to realize that there is a very specific reason for every single human on earth, and when their time is done, that’s it. There’s no reincarnation, resuscitation, or coming back as something else. That’s it.

In the Bible it says, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). This can sound a little harsh, until you realize the beauty and gift of time you’ve been given.

My grandpa died last year in January. He was 94 years old and had lived an amazing life. He fought in WWII, was married to the love of his life for almost 65 years before her passing, was a deacon in the Catholic Church, had nine amazing children, 24 outstanding grandchildren, and countless great-grandchildren.

At his passing, he was surrounded by his family and loved ones, and it was incredibly peaceful. When we were burying him, this idea of death and the finality of life really hit me. There will never be another Louis Hoffman that walks this earth again. He will never come back as someone else. He was given specific gifts and talents to be used by God for the building up of His Kingdom in this specific moment in history.

What will people say about you? You’ve been given particular gifts and talents to be used by God in this moment now. There is a reason why you exist in 2020 and not 150 years ago, or 500 years ago, or even 1,000 years ago. If you have breath in your lungs today, it’s because you were created for now. You will never have this moment again and life is so incredibly short.

Now is the time to banish fear, fall into the arms of Jesus, and walk boldly in the direction of where He’s leading you. Now is the time to pray and discern and seek wise counsel. The world needs your “yes” now. Not next year, not when you have it all figured out or even when you know your next step. Now.

Don’t allow this Lent to go by without growing closer to Jesus in a definite way. Whether that’s by upping your prayer game, intentionally setting more time to just be in a quiet place with the One who created your heart, or it’s taking more deliberate acts of fasting and almsgiving, offering up your suffering and ache for the reparation of sins all over the world. The Lord wastes none of our efforts. Life is too short to not take advantage of the incredible moments of grace offered to you at every moment during every day.

Know that I am praying for you and am incredibly honored to walk this life with you.
“Who knows but that you were brought to the Kingdom for a time like this?” (Esther 4:14).
 

Kids walking

I’ve been a full-time youth minister working with middle school and high students for the past six years, and it’s always amazing to hear their hearts, their dreams, and their visions for their lives.

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