This month I have taken an article from the baptism pack about what it means to become a Christian. I have, however, changed the wording from “a child” to “an adult”. Part of it is wording by Dorothy Law Nolte.
I feel that this applies just as much to teenagers and adults as to children. To people who are Christian, or of any other religion, or none, and those who just want to do the right thing. Many teenagers and adults struggle through life through no fault of their own. Do we look out for them and help?
Are we doing the right thing?
If a teen/adult lives with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If a teen/adult lives with hostility, they learn to fight.
If a teen/adult lives with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If a teen/adult lives with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If a teen/adult lives with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If a teen/adult lives with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If a teen/adult lives with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If a teen/adult lives with fairness, they learn justice.
If a teen/adult lives with security, they learn to have faith.
If a teen/adult lives with approval, they learn to like themselves.
Do remember that, if you are feeling vulnerable, there is a basket in church in the coffee area, which has leaflets to explain how to get help.
May God bless all of us,