“Standing Steadfast” Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
During the month of February, the children and teens are focusing on the Power of Strength. Another word for our spiritual strength is steadfastness. Steadfastness is being steady and dependable, sticking with something no matter what.
When we are steadfast, even when we have doubts, our hearts remain committed. When we are steadfast, we can shrug off doubts because we know where we stand, and we are committed for the long run. Others are reassured by the strength and dependability of our commitment. Spiritual strength can bring comfort to those around us, and with steadfastness we keep moving forward.
At Unity Church of San Antonio (UCSA), in addition to thinking about and talking about our spiritual powers, our children and teens also learn ways to identify their powers and employ them in real life. Each week, through story, discussion, and activities, our adult volunteers and YM attendees examine ways to put our powers into action. We practice steadfastness by being committed. We practice steadfastness by keeping a steady pace and remaining consistent regardless of the circumstances around us. When doing a job, we keep at it without going too fast to tire out, or too slow to get it done on time. When facing a challenge, we put one foot in front of the other and keep on going. When learning something new, we recognize that our steadfastness enables us to keep trying even when we wonder if we will ever understand. In personal relationships, we understand that a steadfast friend sticks by his friends even when they aren’t much fun, they need a lot of attention, or they are going through a hard time.
In what ways do you practice steadfastness every day? When you find yourself wondering, “Can I really do this?” or “Is it really worth all this effort?” Steadfastness helps you to accept your doubts and keep moving forward. When we recognize our spiritual strength, we are not blown off course. Like a resilient ship in the storm, instead of being blown off course, we trust in our strength, move forward with assuredness, and just ride the waves.