Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. (Luke 6:26)
I want to be liked! I want to get on with others. It is easy to fall into ‘people pleasing’ – when it’s about making someone else happy and not standing up for my beliefs. The point? Life is not a popularity contest – it’s about doing what is right. Thus each of us needs to ask ourselves questions such as: ‘Do I stand up for what I believe even if it makes me unpopular?’
With the young people in our care we have a twofold task. Firstly, we must provide them opportunities to help them to establish what they believe – times of reflection. This is a process that has its ebb and flow. The more lasting and more difficult task comes in holding firm when the prevailing winds of life would knock them around. While some well-timed sharing by us can be of help, in the end learning to stand up for one’s beliefs is an individual task. As the saying goes, ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’.
Have a great week!