Today Lauren spoke to us about how hard it is to be a teenager receiving mixed messages in the modern world.  Lauren has some credibility in this area, that being that she is, indeed, a teenager.  This is the first time that Lauren has run a service in our little congregation on Lancaster Road... so, yay Lauren.

"If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored.  One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." -Henry Miller.

Lauren started off by pointing out that our cultural stories divide the world into absolute good on the one hand and bad on the other.  When you grow up you find out that people do some very bad things who are not necessarily bad people.  This is puzzling.  She then showed a short video with the theme of embracing chaos instead of retreating from it.  When you are a teen and so much of the world is unfolding, I suppose it all looks like chaos.

"yesterday I was sad, today I am happy! Yesterday I had a problem, today I still have the same problem!  But, today I changed the way I look at it! - C. Joy Bell C.

To live a happy successful life, you have the ability to change the way you think.  Whatever hardships you endure you can decide that you are going to suffer or you can decide that you can celebrate an opportunity to make things better.  Quoting Wayne Dyer and his experience living in an orphanage:  "all you have to do is look around and see the opportunities all around you."  Perception is the key point.  You have to be willing to contemplate a different view on the situation.  You can't figure out flight by studying gravity.  All the gravitational expertise in the world will not put you in a position to contemplate the shape of a wing and how it can create a force to counteract gravity.

Thanks to Lauren for putting these thoughts in front of us to think about.  You appear to us to be the kind of person who has the ability to change the way she thinks... so we with you all the success in the world, and don't hesitate to lead our service again.