It is easy in the modern world to think that everyone has simply “got it easy” compared to us. They may look like they find it easier to…
- look good
- have lots of friends
- have a great family
- enjoy their job
- be happy and fulfilled
But in the simplest sense of course this is an illusion. It is actually about much more than this. We have to learn, and maybe as parents and teachers, teach resilience. It can give us the fire to overcome the challenges that life will pose us with.
On a very simple level we can look at the image of Jesus to help us to do this.
We can truly learn something profound from the story of Christ. This week in the Gospels we mark Jesus’ baptism, the start of His public life and mission. In essence we already recognise that He is destined to die for us and rise again. On this journey He would face real suffering and challenge and yet He stuck with it and lifted Himself up again. Even on his final journey to crucifixion Jesus fell and Simon was pulled from the crowd to share the burden of the cross with Him.
A few questions we can take from this;
- How can we try and build resilience in our lives?
- What will we hold on to most when things are tough?
- How we can reach out to others when they have fallen?
- What can we do as parents and teachers to help young people be resilient?
- What can we do to look out for those who may feel overwhelmed in some way?
If we can do some of these things the sunshine will burst through the clouds, the rain will clear and we will have a clear view ahead of us. In a small way this is what we are called to do as Christians, as disciples, as humans – simply to walk alongside one another and lift each other up.