Today’s Youth Devotional

A Day in the Life of Whoever

Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5 :9-11

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

7:45 A.M.

You miss your ride to school, so your mother has to take you. All the way to school she lectures you about punctuality.

8:12 A.M.

You confess that you left your assignment at home, so your teacher writes your name on the chalkboard under the heading “No Clue.”

11:47 A.M.

You carry your lunch to the table where your friends are sitting, but there isn’t a spot for you-and nobody moves to squish you in.

2:06 P.M.

You receive a note from your best friend: “I never want to see you again.” The note is taped to a small bottle of mouthwash.

4:33 P.M.

Your dad forgets to come to your game-again. But it doesn’t matter because the coach won’t let you play-again.

After your lousy day, what would encourage you? Check the things that would lift your spirits and help you see the bright side of life.

_____ A friend says, “You think you have problems.  Let me tell you about mine. (Blah, blah, blah.)”

_____A friend explains, “Here’s why that happened, Dummy, and here’s what you need to do so it doesn’t happen again. (Blah, blah, blah.)”

_____ You receive this e-mail from a friend: “Sorry to hear about your discour­aging day. I’m praying for you.”

_____ A friend shows up with a new Christian music CD. “I heard you had a tough day. I thought we could listen to this together.”

Everybody you know has days much like the one described above. And every­body needs encouragement. To encourage means to lift people’s spirits and cheer them up by helping them focus on the positive, good things in life. But only a couple of choices from the list of responses really fit that definition, right?

Are you a true source of encouragement when your friends are down? Or do you only try to point out why things are so bad?

REFLECT: When your friends are down, do you help, or do you add to their hurt?

PRAY: God, show me how to encourage the people who need it most.

25-Mar