It’s Tuesday afternoon. We’ve played a fun getting to know you game in which each person draws a “would you rather…” question from a bucket. Think along the lines of “Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a litre of ice cream?” Or “Would you rather read people’s minds or know their future?”
At one point I ask the rhetorical question to the class of grade 8 girls, “Do you ever find yourself wondering “Do I matter?” It’s almost as if I’ve asked them to solve a complex math problem. Nearly all their faces drop, go pale, their eyes dart towards the floor.
I’ve hit the nail on the head.
Well, more like God has hit the nail on the head.
Along with worth, when ladies are able to recognize worth, their unique identity and that when they value something they want to take care of it. So we talked in small groups of 5 students and one leader about what makes each of us unique. It’s often easier to notice these qualities in another person, yet harder to see in ourselves.
The practical way we took care of ourselves, and what we value, was in taking care of our hands. This seemingly small part of our bodies is used for so much: waving, writing, cooking, playing sports, etc. In turn we should care for our whole selves in the same way. Each teen had the chance to exfoliate her hands, wash them, and massage them with yummy coconut lotion.
A simple, yet straight-forward way of showing each young lady is worth taking care of.
Next session, we’ll keep focusing on the WORTH principle of SHINEgirl, with an emphasis that we are all unique, wonderfully made and get to express our individual personalities through things like how we eat or wear our hair.