The lesson this week is Lesson 41 from YW Manual 1, "The Ability to Succeed". I'm focusing the lesson on understanding your self-worth outside of other people, society, etc...
If you look at the lesson... it starts out a bit negatively...and I'm not taking that route. I think girls at this age have a constant, violent, internal babble of negativity in their minds... I'm not going to ask them to put it down on paper to start the lesson off. I'll let you know...how it all goes once I'm done...if I get around to it. ;-)
However, I really love this quote from the lesson:
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” - Eleanor Roosevelt (“Points to Ponder,” Reader’s Digest, Feb. 1963, p. 261).
AMEN SISTAH! I feel like it's my mantra. Other people's opinions, judgments, praise, etc... don't matter - unless they matter to you. The silly fads, trends, labels, etc... that make you feel inferior, or superior only matter if you let them matter. If you don't - you are FREE. Free to take charge of your own life, free to live the way you know you should, free from stress, anxiety, pomposity, and self-loathing.
And... when we let go of all that - we recognize our worth in God's eyes. We are able to let our light shine... like a beacon in a lighthouse. When we realize our worth, we don't try to diminish it... we use it to benefit others, to lift, inspire, and support them.
I adore lessons like these... and I always feel the weight of teaching truth on my shoulders... I'm not just teaching a gaggle of adorable teens. I'm teaching the best, the brightest, the most valiant that the Lord chose to fulfill missions on this earth, at this time, in this place.