We all endure hard times in life, and whether it is a positive or negative outcome, these times change our route in life. But sometimes, we come across someone who changes our lives for the better. They lift you up from the lowest points in your life, and point you in the right direction. If we never ran into these people that alter our lives, our lives would be very different today. Everybody has someone who has impacted their life in some sort of way, for better or worse.
For some people, this person may be a parent, family member, or friend. Although, in many cases some individuals find this great impact through religion, as I did. The first movement that got my family and I so close to the Catholic Church was the encounter of a retreat called Acts. My dad first came across this retreat late November of 2001. When he came back home, all of us noticed a big difference in his temperament and all around as a man. He then convinced my mom to live her retreat. She too, came back a completely changed person. The thought of “what could possibly be this good enough to change people so drastically?” played on repeat, over and over again in my head. I was only eleven years old at the time, so I would have had to wait until I became an adult to live my own retreat. Soon enough, the ACTS movement spread like a disease all over the place. They made a college Acts, and eventually wanted younger kids to experience it, so now there is a teen Acts. You have to be sixteen or older for mature reasons.
I lived mine at the age of 15 because I was mature enough and too eager to wait another year. When I first got there, I didn’t know what to expect. I had so many ideas of what could possibly go on, but had no clue. What got me even more curious to do my own retreat was the fact that nobody could tell you what went on in there. I learned this soon after walking into my retreat, we were presented with the “River Rule”. This rule states that whatever happens on one side of the...
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