“Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.”
— Sue Bender
I love working with junior high aged students. Whether it is in church or in school, spending any amount of time with them is extremely special. They are in one of the most important times of their lives. Every day, in every decision and at every opportunity, they take in the world around them, mix it with their knowledge of friends and family and mesh it all together to try and figure out who they are. They want to know who they are apart from their friends and apart from their parents. This important step is crucial in their lives because it will lay the foundation for their entire futures.
As adults, we know it is not necessarily important to respond to the world as society sees fit but in a way that allows us to be true to ourselves. In order to do that, it is just as important that we will know who we are now just as it was important when we were young. It is only when we understand ourselves that we can then truly trust our decisions. But this is often easier said than done. It is never too late to get to know yourself. Spend some in prayer and meditation. Journal and track your thoughts as you respond to a variety of situation. Focus on the things you hold dear. Take the time to get to know yourself again.