Thought for the week

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Last week I had fun at Brechin High School in my role as part of the chaplaincy team to do the New Year Assembly.

I hope I challenged the young people to do their best in the new term.

I always try to make it clear that whilst I am a Christian minister who believes in Jesus, I also do understand that not everyone believes like I do, yet we can still be friends.

I use biblical texts that draw life lessons that apply to everyone’s lives, no matter what life perspective they may take.

This year, I chose to use a couple of texts written by the Apostle Paul to his spiritual son Timothy, who was probably not much older than the students I was sharing with.

So I shared the following text from 1 Timothy 4:12-13,15: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine... Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”

I was trying to make the point that there are a lot of areas of life to develop and that even as young folk they can develop these traits to be an example to others of how to live their best. How do they live, how do we live our lives day by day? Do we love and are we loved?

My hope for each of us is that we can say we do and are. But this isn’t always true for every life. Yet without love, we have a great big empty hole that needs filling.

The good news is the more love we give, the more we have to give and the more we receive.

The in spirit thing is great in that it represents that part of us that makes us alive, it the part of us moulded and shaped by passion for life and living.

We all have things that excite us and that make our life worth living. Sadly, if we are not careful we can get down about life and miss this and end up in depression and worse.

I know excitement is not always the answer to depression, but there are some types that if we really get in touch with our spirit and get excited our outlook can change.

As a Christian, I also believe that the Holy Spirit of God can affect my spirit for the better as well.

Then there is faith, what we believe in, again we all have things we believe and trust to be true.

And then of course there is purity, that thing we call our moral compass that shapes how we live and act in our world.

And my space for this week is full, so I’ll try to pick up the school lesson next week.

To be continued...