It’s a great big world out there, and for the most part, by comparison, don’t we seem like tiny specks in this great big universe? However, sometimes universal things do go wrong from time to time, like us not hearing our alarm clock this morning. I know not hearing the alarm clock is a pain, but if we are really honest with ourselves then we have to admit that our alarm clock incident really is kind of small and insignificant when one considers the workings of the whole wide world and the even bigger ever-expanding universe. Come on… we all already know that life goes on, the birds continue to fly south, and the ocean waves continue to beat up against the shores without ever noticing that we slept through that annoying noise that our alarm clock was making this morning.
You see, it’s not that we live in a cold, and impersonal world that does not care about us. It’s just that we live in a complex system of life with its continuous miracles; and in the bigger picture of existence our alarm clock is such a tiny variable in it all. Our alarm clock really doesn’t affect the rhythms of life outside of us.
So our alarm clock incident this morning wasn’t fun, but at least we are still alive. Now, get up out of bed, walk outside. Take a moment to look up at the sky and notice the flight of a bird. Really look at the patterns of the clouds and feel the same breeze on your face that pushes along the clouds way up there in the sky. It’s a moving experience, isn’t it? We’re surrounded by things much bigger than ourselves and our tiny problems. Let’s be grateful for that!
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember that when things seem overwhelming, just look up at the sky and suddenly your problems will seem small again. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…