Another one was "asking for presence." This was where you are encouraged to ask parents and other adults who are important to you to be present at events that are important to you, like ball games you play in, or theater performances you are in, etc. I was not good about this when I was a teenager. I think I just expected my parents to be there not taking into account that they recognized my independence and had two other children to also be concerned with. Suddenly I realized it is easy to allow resentment to build up when one does not take ownership of their own needs.
Lastly, I struggled with the "describe how you feel" section. This is where one processes feelings about success and failure in a journal or talking through with parents and friends, being specific in ways one can avoid failure in the future by processing what one learned and to affirm the things that one is good at.I can truly appreciate this now, but wish I had begun this practice earlier in life.
So what does all this have to do with faith? Well, God has made us all unique with special gifts and talents that can contribute to our success and failure. For instance, processing where and why one failed, and by affirming what one is good at, it becomes easier to see how God has fearfully and wonderfully made you. It can also help you to discern God's call on your life, and what vocation God has for you. I think it would have been hugely beneficial for me to have discovered God's vocation and call much younger in life.
One of the bible lessons in the study was that of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). While we all have been prodigals in some form or fashion, I always related more to the older brother. His resentment of the younger brother stems from him not appreciating his own gifts and qualities God has given him. By knowing who he was in God, he could have celebrated with his family the return of his long lost brother instead of wasting time resenting him. I think God wants was to know who we are in God, including the gifts God has given us because then we can enjoy life and share the joy of life in God with others.
So my challenge to you this month is to journal your successes and failures. Process both with God and your parents so that you can be the most whole person God desires you to be. By doing this you will discover your vocation and how you can bless God's world and glorify Jesus Christ in all you do.