Love and being different

Tonight, at AWANA, we talked a bit about God’s love for us.  We concentrated on when we feel down, depressed, rejected.  The kids I work with are 7th through 9th, sometimes I even get a 10th grader.  That is a really hard time for kids.  This is probably one of the hardest times of their lives.  So much going on, and so much to try to live up to.  So, when someone isn’t nice to you and doesn’t like you, what do you do?  I reminded the kids that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but we cannot let their opinion get to us.  But we have to do, is remember that no matter what we look like, no matter who we are, God loves us the way we are and he most importantly, he made us this way.  He wants us to grow in him. That is what makes us beautiful, or handsome.  Not trying to be popular, or in the ‘in’ crowd, in the end, that actually makes you look silly.  And if you don’t grow out of it?  Well, it’s even worse.  Being the ‘cool’ kid really isn’t what it is cracked up to be, because you spend you time trying to show how ‘cool’ you are, and make sure everyone thinks the same thing.  Really?  Why not spend that energy on something more important, like, helping others? Creating something?  Showing your kids that appreciating those that are different is far better than trying to show that they aren’t as good as you.

Just a thought.

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