What makes a full life?

James Pedrick, global youth engagement manager for World Vision, discusses Live Life -- a six-week campaign for youth and university/college students around the world to experience Easter and Lent in a new way.

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What makes a full life? Is it 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.

A few months ago, I had the chance to visit Albania. 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 with these youth, they were fascinated by the fact I was an American, asking questions about our trends and pop culture. I think they were even 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 discuss the economic difficulties faced by their communities, mention some of the differences between their lives and mine, or point 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 -- love that sacrifices for others, proclaims good news to the poor, and welcomes the outcast. And that’s why I’m so excited about our upcoming campaign called Live Life.

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For the past few years, World Vision has offered U.S. youth, college students, and young adults a campaign for the Lenten journey to Easter. As part of a new initiative to connect young people around the world -- across geographical boundaries and socioeconomic barriers -- World Vision is making this campaign global. Live Life will feature six weekly challenges, stories of youth making a difference from countries around the world, and the ability for each person to share how they are uniquely participating.

Youth, who have already signed up from more than 60 countries, will dive into the life and ministry of Jesus, his journey to the cross, and what his death and resurrection means for our lives.

They’ll also share their lives with one another, what they are learning in their Easter journey, and how they are responding in their own communities.

Whether you are young or young at heart, you are invited to join us and share this opportunity with others. The journey begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13.


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