A few weeks ago, our Mustard Live team ventured to Kilvington Grammar for a day of fun and community with the year 7s and 8s.  We started off our program with an obstacle course for three lucky student volunteers. The twist? They had to do it blindfolded! One student attempted the obstacle course by himself. Another had a peer guiding them with their voice in the right direction. I’ll let you guess who was the more successful.

When we have a crew around us, we are more likely to sail through the bumps and hardships with more safety and security.

Our mind is like a ship, and our life is the ocean our ship is sailing through. The weather can turn ugly and the ocean currents become uncontrollable, and we face what can be a tough day to a tough season. But if we have a crew that is well adapted to sailing a ship in difficult weather patterns, that ship will be able to make its way out of the storm and into smooth sailing in no time. If there’s no crew at all? Well, that ship is not going to make it out of the storm, at least not in one piece.

When I was originally presented with this analogy of our mind being a ship and our crew being support from trusted others and the skills we need to develop in order to be resilient, I thought about how I have managed my crew in the past.

When I was a teenager and dealing with all the usual teenage problems, I rarely went to my parents or friends about it. Sharing it felt like a burden on other people. It was too scary because being vulnerable about things we don’t like about ourselves is terrifying. High school can be pretty isolating when we are constantly told that we have to be a “cool” person.

I’m still learning today that a brave person isn’t someone who takes a hit and deals with it by themselves; it’s the person who allows themselves to be knocked back, fall down, share the load with others around them, and ask for help to get back up. God created us in community for a reason!

Occasionally, I find myself taking for granted what we talk about in our Mustard Live programs. However, going around the room of 160 young people all going through their own life struggles, it was hard not to feel emotional. From issues of isolation and friendships to problems at home with parents and siblings, these kids were brave enough to share themselves with us. It was an honour to receive such generosity and candour. It’s my prayer that as we left Kilvington, these young people were encouraged to continue their honesty and openness with each other, build a supportive crew, and sail through together.

God Bless,

ABOVE: our event at Kilvington Grammar School last month.

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