God thank you for this day, thank you for always being there for us and allowing us to wake up this morning. We thank you for protection on our way to school and work on this day. We thank you for keeping us focused on our school and work and that we will have good mindsets and makes someone's day. We ask that you cover us as we go through this week and get ready for all the wonderful things that are coming up, even if we don't know what’s coming our way and that we continue to keep our minds stayed on you. As we go through this day we ask that you will give us a great attitude and help us get through the day. We ask that you will guide us in the way that you have made for us and keep us in the path that was made for our lives. We ask that we will get closer to you as youth and that we will continue to seek you in different ways and the way we want to.
I will surround myself with people who encourage me to do the right thing.
'The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. ' Proverbs 12:26 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/PRO.12.26
'As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. ' Proverbs 27:17 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/PRO.27.17
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Keeping Your Head above Water
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. 1 Peter 2:12
Last night Amber and three friends had a sleep-over. For six whole hours they bashed one of the girls from school. No, they didn’t thump her over the head with bricks. In fact, she wasn’t even at the sleep-over. But their words hurt her nonetheless. They slammed this girl’s weight, her hair, and her choice of clothes. Oh-they also laughed at her total inability to do long division. In the morning Amber wished she had walked away when the gossip started, but she just couldn’t. Now she felt bad about all the hurtful things she said.
What Amber experienced is the feeling you get when you’re swept away by a current too strong to resist. Swimming against a current for very long takes more strength than any of us can muster. If you’ve ever tried to swim in a river, you know it’s easier just to relax and go with the flow. The right flow can give you a wildly fun ride. The problem is, the wrong flow can sweep you away—forever—even when your fingertips are just inches from shore.
Friends are like that flow, wearing down even the strongest swimmer. Sooner or later we go the direction our friends are going.
Talk about it: How is hanging out with the wrong people like getting swept away by a bad current? Why is it important that your closest friends pull you in the right direction?
Surrounding yourself with the right kinds of friends—friends who challenge you to live your whole life for Christ—is how you grow as a Christian.
Amber would have felt a whole lot different in the morning if she had made a different choice the night before. If she had stopped talking about her classmate as soon as the slamming started, she might have fewer friends-or maybe they would have decided to do the right thing. Either way, Amber wouldn’t have had to get straightened out with Jesus. And those friends would have seen Amber acting out God’s love.
If friends pull us in the wrong direction, it’s time to get out of that group—as hard as that can be. First Peter 2:12 says that if we keep our behavior excellent, our friends might one day glorify God. If our friends drag us in the wrong direction and we do wrong, our friends won’t ever see a difference between our life and theirs. And if they see no difference, they have no reason to become followers of Christ themselves. Wouldn’t you like to stay alive in Christ-and help your friends discover life too?
TALK: How can we pick friends who don’t pull us the wrong way?
PRAY: God, help us choose friends who keep us safe and strong. And help us show your love to people who need to see it.
ACT: Ask your family to name a friend they think is pulling you the right way. Spend time with that friend today.
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