Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Want to Be Really Great? A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Do You Want to Be Really Great? A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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There was a time WHEN I used to daydream about being great. I would make a perfect dive and could hear the applause. Or I'd solve a mystery and everyone would see it and talk about my remarkable work.

Have you ever done that? Dreamed about being great?

I know some kids who I think are great. Alex is an excellent basketball player. He scored almost half the points in his team's last game. He handles the ball with ease and accuracy. He practices a lot to sharpen his skills and become stronger. Alex is having trouble with writing, and he's practicing that, too, after school. This is hard work, but it is paying off. He's made good progress. Erin is great in a different way. Last year she and a friend saw people picking on a girl at their school. They made friends with her - even though that meant they also got picked on. But things did turn around. And even though Erin is at a different school now, she says her friend is having an easier time this year. Can you think of kids or older people you would say are great? What is it that makes them great? I used to think being great meant being better than anyone else. But Alex and Erin's greatness isn't exactly like that. It's more about doing something well. And about helping other people. And about breaking down barriers by working hard. About not being afraid to do what they think is the right thing. Maybe you can add to this list. How about this one: Being great is being what God made you to be. The Bible says God made us like Him (see Gen. 1:26, 27). God includes everything wonderful that you can imagine. (And there aren't any skeevy things about God - He is totally good.) You are like God, not in your brain or bones or problems, but in your individuality, which includes all kinds of Godlike qualities. For example, God is powerful; He gave us strength. God is Love; we're made to express kindness. …

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