What do you want most in life? This was the question put to a group of professional workers last year. Their answer, “to be safe”. Their jobs were not ones where there was any physical danger or risk. For many people the desire to be emotionally safe is top of mind. This is a gift that we can freely give by being thoughtful in the way we interact with others. Including people in our activities, seeing and building on the strengths of others and being positive in our communication builds a sense of safety. Where people feel safe in their friendships, families, teams and groups then there is room for risk taking and mistake making, which are critical for growth. Where people feel safe there is a comfort level to test limits. Personal safety promotes an openness of communication that is essential for relationships, social emotional growth and wellbeing.
God provides a safe space for us. He invites us to place our worries, burdens, fears and failures at the foot of the cross. Safe in His love for us, we are invited to rest in His presence and to recharge. Unburdened, we are free to go forward to use our gifts to support and encourage people. God gives us a great gift of safety which we can share daily.