Sticks and Stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me? We have looked at this before and well. If you believe that rhyme then you are well very special.
So here is the deal whether we like it our not people have an effect on what we think about ourselves. We live in community, now just because we live in community, does not mean that we live in a healthy community.
I know that you have heard a ton about this, and that they bring it up all the time at school. But we are going to look at it as well. Bullying. So how do people make you feel about yourself? That is the question that we are going to be digging into. I mean we have had it all happen to us where we are having the best day ever and then all of a sudden everything changes. We are now having a crappy day! Why because someone broke a promise, or someone just targeted us and did whatever they could to make us feel like crap.
Then all of a sudden we went from feeling on top of the world to feeling oh so small.
So who are we? That is another question we will be looking at. Yes we are children of God and God loves us no matter what! We Know that if God is for us who can be against us. But when you have been bullied by other kids, or even friends, that doesn’t always pull us through. So what are we to do? How do we feel better about ourselves when we really doubt ourselves. That’s a tough one and I bet we all can say that we have been there from one time to another.
Let’s talk about community, what about your community, do you hang with people that you trust and when you are cut down, and beat up do you turn to your community that will support you? We need this tight community to make it out there. We need to support one another, and watch out for one another. This is XGT, it is a community, look around the room, and ask yourself do you support the people in this room, do you feel supported by the people in this room?
Check this verse out, Deuteronomy31: 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” God is with us and we will find His strength in our community, we don’t have to run alone and we can depend on one another. Invest in this community, and learn how to know who you are by what your community says about you, not some stray person, who doesn’t really know you!
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Written and Posted by The XGT Experience Team of leaders