Working with youth I often hear about how bad things are with them; how much they fight with their parents, how much they’re picked on at school, how much they don’t like this or that about life, how much things aren’t fair. At times I’m simply supportive and listen. Other times (especially after what seems like an excessive amount of dwelling) I say something along the following lines, “Bad and frustrating and annoying things happen in life. People pick on us, people treat us poorly, we are let down and hurt by things people do. That’s just the way life is and there’s nothing that we can do to change or control that. What we can control is how we respond when these things happens. What we can control is how we react and respond and treat others around us.”
Often times it is clear to me that people don’t want to hear this. However, I remain convinced that it is one of the greatest truths that we can learn and live. This truth is powerfully illustrated in the following video. It was put together and posted to youtube by Kinetic Church after a trailer containing most everything they own was stolen. Thanks to Dave for the link. CMS has more on the story if you’re interested.