God thank You for this day. Thank You for always being there for us and allowing us to wake up this morning. I thank You for protection on our way to school and work on this day. I thank You for keeping us focused and that we will have good mindsets and be equipped to make someone's day better. I ask that You cover us as we go through this week and get ready for the all the wonderful things that are coming up and that we continue to keep our minds stayed on You. As we go through this day, I ask that You will give us a great attitude and help us get through today. I ask that we will get closer to You as youth and that we will see the real You. We thank You for Your love and faithfulness. We thank You for your protection and care over our families. Thank You that you give us the power to love well, the advice to lead, and teach our friends. We know You are with us and that You fight for our families today. We confess, some days, that we go through some tough moments. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that You would make us more like You. Please fill our families with Your truth and cover us with Your favor. I ask that we will have a protected holiday and that You will keep us safe and under Your arms of protection. I ask that we will be watchful of where we are and who we are with as we go through this week.Cover our city and country and we pray that the violence will stop and people won’t revert to violence and will talk it out instead of killing. I ask that You will cover the families of the people that were killed in the Mercy Hospital shooting and that they will be strong.
Today, I will respect everyone.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
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Finger Snappers and Ear Wigglers
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 2:12-17
Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king. 1 Peter 2:17
CAN YOU SNAP your ringers? Can you wiggle your ears (without using your hands, of course)? Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
If you can do either of the last two, you’re a member of a minority. A recent survey conducted in the United States discovered that 68 percent of people could snap their fingers, but only 13 percent were able to wiggle their ears. And an even smaller group—a mere 10 percent!—could touch their noses with their tongues.
Now, imagine that all those people who could snap their fingers decided to ridicule and disrespect the other 32 percent. Or imagine that “ear wigglers” decided to treat “non-ear wigglers” like second-class citizens. Or imagine that those who could touch their noses with their tongues felt that they could never respect people who couldn’t touch their noses with their tongues.
That would be pretty weird, wouldn’t it?
But when you think about it, it’s not so different from people who disrespect other people because they’re a different color. It’s not so different from men who don’t respect women (or vice versa). It’s not so different from people who look down on old people (or kids).
You see, God’s Word says, “Show proper respect to everyone” (1 Peter 2:17, NIV). That means that even people who are different from you deserve your respect, whether they’re black or white, Asian or Hispanic, male or female, young or old, rich or poor, finger snappers or ear wigglers.
After all, God doesn’t say, “Show proper respect to people who are like you.” He says, “Show proper respect to everyone”–-even to people who can’t touch their noses with their tongues.
REFLECT: Today’s Bible reading says to fear or respect (or accept) several different kinds of people. Can you find at least four? Has anyone ever shown disrespect for you because of your skin color, sex, or age? How about for some other reason? How did it feel? Have you ever shown disrespect to someone for any of those reasons?
ACT: Take your own poll to see how many of your friends can snap their fingers, wiggle their ears, and touch their noses with their tongues. Compare your findings with the results (68 percent, 13 percent, 10 percent) mentioned above.
PRAY: “God, sometimes I do only show proper respect to people who are like me. Please help me to show proper respect to everyone, just like you command me to do.”
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