Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Harry's Battle ... and Yours ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Harry's Battle ... and Yours ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

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Harry Potter enters the Chamber of Secrets to battle the Dark Lord, fight and destroy the deadly basilisk serpent, and save a girl's life. Talking later with Dumbledore, the head master of his school, Harry admits that he's afraid he is a little bit like the evil Dark Lord.

Dumbledore says, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities" ("Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets," by J.K. Rowling, pg. 333).

Harry always makes choices on the side of good, against trickery, against anything that will hurt or destroy. Harry fights against evil.

You can make the same kinds of choices. You probably won't have to destroy a venomous basilisk. But every time you put someone else's needs ahead of your own, that's standing for good. Not letting your friend get hurt is putting down evil. Saying "No" when kids want you to do something wrong is making a choice for good.

These are important battles to win. Winning them may push you. It might take courage. Do you have that kind of courage? Yes, you do. God has given it to you - everything you need to be brave and smart and caring. God is showing you in your mind what to do and how to do it.

God is like a Father. He made us to be perfect, like He is. So even though we seem to be imperfect people lots of times, we really have a perfect identity that never changes. We have a self from God that is good and knows how to make the right choices. A spiritual self that is definitely courageous and honest and trustworthy.

You could think of your God-self as being like a suit of armor keeping you safe. So, like Harry, you're prepared to stand up for good and to destroy evil - even if you aren't sure you are.

Long ago, someone described your armor as a belt of honesty and a T-shirt of righteousness (the ability to do what is right). Your shoes are your wanting to make peace. You have a shield that's a faith in God. And a helmet of goodness, and a sword that's what you know about God's power. …

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