Request a show of hands to the following question: Do any of you like spending time alone rather than with a lot of other people? Some people are natural introverts and find pleasure in being alone. That’s how some of us are made! But when it comes to the ups and downs of life, it’s important to lean on the people around you. Our mental health can depend on it!
Share the following video with your students [5:17; stop at 2:20]:
Why Friendship Is Important To Your Mental Health | TODAY
The friends in this video described their friendships as unconditional, dynamic, and full of laughter.
- Why might unconditional love be important in friendships? (Life is full of hard moments. We need community who will be with us in the good and hard.)
- What would likely have happened if friends only stuck around when life was good or easy? (Even the strongest person would have failed to lift the car. It took the multiplied effect of the group to create momentum and strength.)
- Describe a situation where you accomplished something with help from others that you couldn’t have accomplished alone. What is the difference between flying solo and joining with others? (Allow students to share. Responses will vary. Be prepared to share your own experience.)
- How does it make you feel when you know others have your back? How does it make you feel to support someone else? (Allow students to share.)
As we grow in Jesus, we are called to work together with others and build each other up in prayer. Life happens in community, and we mature together as we encourage each other in faith. Despite the risks that come with being vulnerable to friends, the Bible instructs us to pray for each other and watch faith grow.