Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e.e. cummings
Meditation: Middle and High School years are tough. Only the popular kids seem to believe in themselves, or at least they act somewhat like it. However, maybe they are anxious too. Anxious about possibly losing their position, losing their admirers or their privilege… The other kids, who are not popular, usually struggle with believing in themselves. Their anxieties are more about exclusion, loneliness and judgment. It is hard to believe in yourself when others do not believe in you. My prayer for all teenagers, popular or not, is that their anxieties will be transformed into faith and trust in themselves. The challenge to believe in ourselves does not end with High School. Again and again, even as adults, we have times when we lose self-confidence, or when we don’t feel congruent or at peace with ourselves. It is helpful to focus in those times on the Source of Strength outside of us and within us. When we get in touch with our human spirit, we also get in touch with God’s Spirit. And God’s Spirit is the creative energy that helps us take risks. God is the source of wonder and of spontaneous delight. God’s Spirit delights in us, so that we can delight in ourselves and in others.
Prayer: Gracious God, may we all be strengthened in our belief in You as the Source of all creativity and life energy. May we all be strengthened in our belief in ourselves, so that we can be curious and filled with delight and wonder. May we strengthen each other and see God’s Spirit in each others’ spirit. May we delight in each other. Amen outheSourceofMaI I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13