to my faithful readers, if I happen to have any faithful readers, I will warn you this week is my pondering of spirituality and social work.
This week I have enjoyed making connections between gospel principles and what I am learning in social work. In my classes we talk a lot about strength based practices. This means you focus on a person’s strengths to help them with whatever issue they are facing. I realized that this practice is like what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do for us. They love us unconditionally but not for who we are, but for who we can become. In the same sense they focus on our strengths and potential. Our strengths because they know that will help us reach our potential
This was poignant today because in church we talked about charity. I had the thought that strength based practice is a form of charity, looking for others strengths and potential, no matter what might be going on in their life. Since charity is the pure love of Christ, when we show Christ-like love, i.e. strength based love, we have charity.