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Who are your five?

We’re going to be thinking about some really difficult topics in The Well this term.

You need to know that you have people around you who LOVE you.

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You need to have people around you who you can TRUST.

We can’t really have the awkward conversations online, so it’s important that you have people you can go to in person to talk about things. People who might give you a hug when you need it. People who can stand up for you and protect you.

Look at how Paul describes love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

When you are thinking about people you can trust, people who love you, ask yourself if they are like this. Are they patient and kind? Do they put other people first, or themselves? Are they honest? Will they protect you and trust you? Will they give up on you, or keep going, no matter what?

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Write down a list of the five people in your life who you think are most like this. Of course, no one will be perfect in all these areas. But think hard about whether you would trust them to have your best interests at heart. They might be teachers or parents, youth leaders or vicars. Try to make sure that your list is mostly adults, who will be able to give you more help than friends of your own age. Keep your list somewhere safe.