He said therefore, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.’ (Luke 13:18-19)
This scripture is another example of the human striving to make meaning – to put words on and try to comprehend something that is beyond our reach. The mustard seed is tiny, yet God’s grace ensures that it grows immensely i.e. human potential flourishes and reaches its fullness in God’s kingdom. Also, the kingdom of God is our home – a place of security, warmth and strong, loving relationships.
Part of our relationship with young people is to help them glimpse their potential, as well as guiding them along the path to fulfilling their potential – making the most of their God-given goodness. When we can help young people feel ‘at home’ with us, we are most likely to help them to develop their potential. We will also acknowledge the source of their and our goodness – God.
Have a great week!