According to Father Thomas Keating, one of the pioneers of centering prayer, the 3 programmes for happiness are power, control and approval. When I analyse my decision making I can recognise one of these needs taking precedence. These are legitimate needs for living but when our happiness depends on them in the face of lack we can find ourselves moving away from the centre of who we really are. At any cost we hanker after at least one of these 3 things as though our lives depend on it. We become imbalanced and self oriented.
My latest two assemblies are, to me, what represent what being a Christian is all about. They are both use terms introduced by Jesus and are instinctively true for us all. The first is "The Golden Rule" and the second "Going the extra mile". In the Golden Rule assembly I ask children to decide from a list of rules which ones they consider serious and those they reckon are silly. They range from "Don't help someone on a Saturday" to "Do not bully".