This week SPIRIT focuses on open-mindedness and communication, on discovering what we can find in common with people who hold different beliefs, come from different cultures, and have life experiences unlike our own. We live in a global world with social media and the Internet at our fingertips. We need to learn how to build bridges between ourselves and so many kinds of different others. Coldplay’s song “Everyday Life” reminds us that despite our differences, we are all part of the same human family, we all share the same home. It’s important to remember that we are all equal in the eyes of God.
Key Lyrics: What in the world are we going to do? / Look at what everybody’s going through / What kind of world do you want it to be? / Am I the future or the history? / ‘Cause everyone hurts / Everyone cries / Everyone tells each other all kinds of lies / Everyone falls / Everybody dreams and doubts / Got to keep dancing when the lights go out
Questions: When have you been in conflict or felt frustration with someone from a different background? How might you learn what you have in common? How does listening to the stories of others help you better understand them? When has talking led you to change your mind about someone or something?
People influence us. Voices in our minds put us down. Voices around us judge us based on where we are from, how we speak, how we dress, even their skin color. These snap judgments can prevent us from being open and accepting and can create an environment of silence that can be even more hurtful than words spoken aloud. Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say” is about remembering who God says we are—that we are more than the judgments people make about us. We are valuable and worthy human beings who are more than our failures in our own and others’ eyes.
Key lines: I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough / Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up / Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low / Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know / Ooh oh / You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing / You say I am strong when I think I am weak / And you say I am held when I am falling short / And when I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours / And I believe (I) / Oh I believe (I) / What You say of me (I) / I believe
Questions: When have you judged someone? When have you felt judged? How do you treat someone who creates distance from you? Who does God say you are? What helps you remember who God says you are? How can you help create bridges between different groups within your community?