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The Guiding Hand (Monday)

Read: Psalm 31:1-5 

 

"This is fun," said Miles as he guided the aluminum fishing boat across the lake. The wind was strong and the waves were quite high, but Dad had agreed to let Miles try steering the boat.

 

"Need a little help?" asked Dad.

 

Miles shook his head. "I can do it alone." But a few moments later, a bigger, faster boat passed by near them, leaving rough water in its wake. Soon their boat began to zigzag back and forth. "Help me, Dad!" yelled Miles.

 

Dad was right there, ready to help. He quickly placed his hand over Miles's and guided the fishing craft until things were once again under control.

 

That evening, Miles told his mom about their adventure. "Dad could handle it with no problem, but not me! I needed help. I guess Dad can handle anything!"

 

Dad grinned. "Not quite, but when I'm faced with something I can't handle, there's someone to help me too."

 

"There is?" asked Miles. "You don't mean Grandpa, do you? He's not always right here."

 

"No," Dad said. "Grandpa often did help me when I was a kid--and he still does whenever he can. But I'm thinking of Jesus. What happened out there on the lake is a pretty good example of what happens in my Christian life."

 

"It is?" asked Miles. "How?"

 

"Sometimes--especially when things are going well--I make the mistake of thinking I can handle anything by myself," Dad explained. "Sometimes God lets me try, and if I get too independent, things can get completely out of hand before I turn to Him. When I do, He's always right there, ready to help me."

 

"But...He can't really put His hand over yours, can He?" Miles asked.

 

"Not literally, of course, but when I ask for His help, He uses various things to let me know how to handle the situation. Sometimes He uses other people to show me what to do. Other times He just quiets my heart through His Word and teaches me to wait patiently and trust Him."

 

Miles nodded thoughtfully. "I'm glad you were there today when I needed you, and I'm glad Jesus is always there to help and guide both of us!" Ruth I. Jay

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

When things seem to be going well, do you forget that you need Jesus? Do you think you can handle that math test on your own? Or you don’t need any guidance in your friendships? It’s great to have parents or other adults you can depend on, but Jesus is the one you should look to for guidance in every part of your life. He is always with you and wants to help you. Let Him.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Isaiah 58:11 (KJV)

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones. (NKJV)

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A Zoo Full of People (Tuesday)

Read: Proverbs 11:9-13, 17

 

"Look at that penguin!" exclaimed Mia. "Look how he waddles. Doesn't he remind you of somebody?"

 

Sam snickered. "Yeah--Mr. Thompkins!" At another cage, he pointed to a billy goat with a long beard. "Is that Mr. Benjamin from church? He really needs to shave. People are going to think he's homeless!"

 

When they stopped at the aviary, they saw a wide-eyed owl. "There's our music teacher from school," Mia said. "Her big, thick glasses make her look just like that owl. Oh! And Olivia looks just like those geese strutting around with their noses in the air. She's so full of herself."

 

Mom frowned. "Here's an animal that reminds me of someone," she said, pointing to a large, ugly bird in a cage. "A vulture."

 

"It sure is ugly. Who does it remind you of, Mom?" Sam asked eagerly.

 

"This bird doesn't attack strong, healthy animals," said Mom. "It preys on those that are sick or lame--kind of like people who point out things they don't like in others and criticize them." She looked at the children sternly. Mia blushed as she and her brother exchanged glances. "Does that sound like anyone you know?" Mom asked.

"You don't mean us, do you?" asked Sam. "We don't mean any harm."

"No. It's just fun to see who the animals remind us of," Mia added.

"It sounds to me like you're making fun of those people," said Mom. "How would you feel if people made comments like that behind your back?"

 

Mia sighed. "Pretty bad, I guess."

 

"What if we looked for animal qualities that people would like to have pointed out in them?" suggested Sam.

 

Mia brightened. "I see some already." She pointed. "Those doves remind me of Mom. Nice, gentle--a symbol of peace."

 

"I thought that was Mom," Sam said, pointing to a parrot in its cage. "It's so pretty! And it talks to everyone walking by and makes them feel welcome."

 

Mom laughed. "Well, thank you, but I didn't develop those qualities myself--Jesus gave them to me so I could use them to show His love to others." She smiled at the kids. "Let's all be doves and parrots instead of vultures and treat people in a way that shows how much Jesus loves them." Sherry L. Kuyt

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you sometimes make fun of people? Even if they don’t hear what you say, your words can have an effect on them and others around you. Don’t be a vulture that preys on others. Remember that Jesus loves those people, and He’ll help you love them too. Show others His love by always treating them with kindness and respect—whether they’re with you or not.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 5:8 (KJV)

Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us. (ERV)

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Bright and Shiny (Wednesday)

Read: Philippians 2:13-16

 

The musty, dusty smell of the attic tickled Garrett's nose, and he sneezed. "Some of this stuff looks like it hasn't been touched in years!" he said as he helped his mother sort things out. He held up a box. "Look, Mom! Here are some dingy old knives and forks and spoons. Do you want them for the garage sale, or should we just throw them out?"

 

Mom looked up. "Throw them out? No way! These were given to my grandparents as a wedding present a long time ago. They're very valuable!"

 

As she began counting the various pieces of silverware, Garrett frowned. "Doesn't look valuable to me. No one would ever want that stuff touching their food! It's all black and gross!"

 

"That's tarnish," said Mom. "This is silver, and it hasn't been used for a long time. When silver isn't used, it tarnishes." She set down the pieces of silverware and went to the door. "I'll be right back," she said as she left the attic.

 

Soon Mom returned with a cloth and a bottle of silver polish. "Now, watch this," she said, and she began cleaning one of the spoons. As she rubbed harder, the spoon began to change from black to a rich, gleaming silver.

 

"That looks great now!" said Garrett.

 

Mom nodded. "If it's used and polished, it will continue to look great. Let's take this to the kitchen and get all the silverware pieces shined up."

 

In the kitchen, they continued working on the blackened silver. Garrett was amazed at the change it made. "You know, a Christian's life has something in common with silver," Mom told him. "They both lose their shine if they're neglected."

 

Garrett grinned. "Mom, you can get a lesson out of anything," he said. "Okay, I know now that silver needs to be used and polished to stay shiny. So what do Christians need?"

 

"The same things: to be used and polished," Mom said. "We need the polish--the power--of the Holy Spirit, and God has already given us that. When we remember who we are in Jesus and trust His Spirit to guide us in the way we live our lives, we point others to Him."

 

Garrett nodded. "And then we'll be shining brightly for Jesus." Barbara J. Westberg

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Is your Christian life bright and shiny? There’s a lot of darkness—a lot of sin—in the world around you. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can be a light in the darkness as you live your life and use the gifts He’s given you to serve Him and help others. As those around you see how beautiful your life has become because you’re a child of God, you will be shining for Him.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

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The Right Reason Part 1(Thursday)

Read: Colossians 3:22-24

 

"Are you going to take those groceries to somebody?" Austin asked when he saw his father pick up his car keys and a bag of groceries from the table. Austin knew the church often supplied food for families with a need and Dad sometimes delivered them.

 

Dad nodded. "The Bakers, who live near our church, need a little help. Mrs. Baker broke her wrist, and Mr. Baker lost his job."

"I heard about that," Austin replied. "Coltan Baker is in my class at school."

"Why don't you come along then?" suggested Dad. "You can invite Coltan to the youth retreat that's coming up."

 

"Okay," said Austin, so he and Dad drove to the Bakers' house.

 

Mrs. Baker met them at the door. "Come in, come in," she said.

 

Dad explained that they had brought a few groceries, so she led them through the living room and into the kitchen. Mr. Baker, who had been sprawled on the couch watching TV, got up and followed them. He frowned as he looked into the bags they had set on the table. "I don't suppose you brought me any beer," he muttered.

Austin's father smiled. "No," he replied, "but there are a few sweets and other goodies we thought you'd enjoy."

 

Coltan came in to see what was there, and he pulled out a bag of peanut butter cookies. "Yuck! I hate peanut butter," he said. "Why didn't you bring chocolate cookies?" Austin felt very uncomfortable and couldn't wait to leave.

 

"How can people act that way?" Austin asked when they were back in the car. "We're helping them, and except for Mrs. Baker, they didn't even say thank you."

 

"Sometimes it's hard to understand people," Dad said, "but we need to remember that we're doing this for the Lord, not for people. We didn't do it so the Bakers would like us or thank us. We did it because they needed it and because Jesus wants us to show others His love. Let's pray that they'll realize how much He loves them. Okay?"

 

"Okay," said Austin. After a minute, he added, "I forgot to invite Coltan to the church retreat. I'll see him at school tomorrow and invite him then." Linda M. Weddle

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you tried to be friendly or kind to someone only to be rejected? Did that make you feel like you should give up trying to help? Don’t forget that the reason you should be kind is to glorify the Lord, not to impress others or make them like you. Don’t be discouraged. Remember how much Jesus loves you and keep serving Him, no matter what response you get from people.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Colossians 3:23 (KJV)

Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people. (CSB)

 

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The Right Reason Part 2 (Friday)

Read: 1 Timothy 6:6-11 

 

I still can't believe Coltan and his dad didn't even thank us for the stuff we gave them," Austin said as he and his dad drove home after taking groceries to the Baker family. He looked out the window as they passed by a small lake. "Oh no! It's thawing! Why does it have to do that? We need snow for our youth retreat."

 

"Well, it may change," said Dad, "but I did hear that we should expect above average temperatures all week." Austin groaned.

 

When they got home, Mom had cheese and crackers waiting for them. Austin frowned. "I wanted hot chocolate and cookies," he complained, "but I suppose I'll have to make do with this."

 

"It hits the spot with me!" said Dad.

 

Austin helped himself to several crackers. "Can I get new skis?" he asked as he munched a cracker. "Chuck has new ones, and they slide a lot better than mine. I want a new jacket too."

 

Dad shook his head. "No new skis this year. Check with Mom on the jacket."

 

"Your old jacket will make it through the winter," said Mom, "or at least until they go on sale. At the rate you're growing, a jacket you got now probably wouldn't fit you next year."

 

Austin sighed. "You and Dad never let me get as much stuff as my friends do."

 

"Is your last name Baker?" Dad asked. Austin looked startled as he shook his head. "You grumbled when Coltan and his dad didn't thank us for helping them," said Dad. "Now you're acting the same way they did. Instead of being thankful for what you have, you've complained about the weather, food, skis, clothes--even about the parents God gave you."

 

"I--I'm sorry," said Austin. "I got upset when Coltan and his dad weren't thankful, but I'm sure I don't sound very thankful to God right now for all He's given me." He glanced at his mother. "Thanks for making us a snack." He grinned. "And I love my old coat and skis."

 

Dad put his hands on his hips. "And...oh yeah!" said Austin. "The weather! I just love warm winter weather--and my parents!" They all laughed. Linda M. Weddle

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you thankful for all God has provided for you? Did you thank your family for every Christmas gift you got—even if it wasn’t exactly what you asked for? The Bible tells us to be content because we’ve been given the gift of Jesus, who saved us and gives us all we need. Learn to be content with what He provides and thank Him—and others—for it.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Timothy 6:8 (KJV)

Having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

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