ORANGE TIP: It’ll be Alright!
In today’s world it is easy to find yourself in situations where you are compelled to console those around you. When our kids were young, I could tell them “It will be alright” when a cup was broken or a favourite toy didn’t make it home from school as these were an easy fix. Now they are older and are dealing with bigger things, asking harder questions. Can I still give the same assurance? Do I really have the control to use those words in a conversation about a performance they are practising for or a race they are training for, in the shadow of CoronaVirus, Fires and Flood, or shopping for toilet paper, it can be easy to reassure those around you with, “It’ll be alright”, but what do we really mean when we say that?
When I hear those words, I look to draw comfort knowing Jesus is with me and that no matter how much loss or suffering I am going through, I will not be alone and it is his strength I can rely on and not my own. However, our growing youth are still learning that this is available for them too and if we take away the opportunities for them to feel it, by giving them the “warm” reassurance, how will they grow to know and trust the love of Jesus?
We have been made to struggle and like everything we do, we need to practice that as well. As Paul tells us “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5, 3-5
As we try to grow our Youth we have been trying to offer empathy where we can, along with a confidence in their ability to handle what they are going through. We have to fight back the impulse to fix or take away their struggles. Instead, we try to come alongside them and tell them, “Wow that IS tough, but I think you can handle it?” Accepting that the issues they feel are real and are a challenge, but also letting them know, with Jesus and the gifts He has given them, they are able to walk their own path through the troubles that confront them.
God has wired us for struggle, but you are worthy of His love and belong in his family.
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