Occupying space, that is physical space, can be easy sometimes. We just show up, sit down, or sometimes stand up. We’re present. But are we really?
There’s this big difference between being physically present and being really present to those around us. Really present as in, I’m here, my mind is focused on what you’re saying, I’m attending and actually getting who you are and where you’re coming from; at least as much as is humanly possible in my journey at this point in time.
It’s easy for our minds to wander, consumed with details of pressing issues and activities; easy to become absorbed in ourselves.
And yet . . .
And yet the teens we serve need more, deserve more. So many people are brushing them off with activities and toys (gadgets. etc.) Yes. Teens need our presence more than our programs, our God-centered presence. A presence that taps into God’s guidance and attends fully to those around us, all present. It’s easy and it’s not.
Jesus was present; very present. He got what people were saying and so much more. He got who they were and what they needed. As a result they received life.
God-centered presence can be life-giving.
How are we giving life to the teens we serve and/or others around us? How are we all present?