It's a Brand-New Day!
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
We get used to doing things the same old way, day after day, month after month, and year after year. We get stuck in ruts, but often God wants to do a new thing in our lives. The "new thing" might be a change in behavior with family or friends, a school activity to start (or drop), or a new after-school job. When it "springs up," we need to pay attention to it.
Suppose your friends are all on the volleyball team, but you want to join the schoolï¿½s new video production team. It sounds excitingï¿½but it meets after school when the volleyball team practices. It takes courage for you to tell your friends youï¿½re dropping volleyball this year to join the video production team. You know youï¿½ll miss your friends after school. Yet, the new project excites you, and you hope youï¿½ll make even more friends as you work to produce the schoolï¿½s daily news reports. Itï¿½s up to you to branch out and try new things. ï¿½Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own lifeï¿½ (Galatians 6:5 MSG).
God is always in the process of doing new things in your life. He wants you to think creatively and use your imagination to experiment with fresh ideas. We must be willing to take some risks (and even fail a few times) on the way to success. Donï¿½t be afraid to try new things: new activities, new attitudes, and new relationships. Branch out and see what wonderful things God has in store for you!
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Way to Go!
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement. Philemon 7 (TNIV)
When we love one another, we bring joy during times of disappointment and hardship. Show your love by giving a kind word and lifting someone else’s spirits.
Samantha wasn’t athletic or pretty. She couldn’t sing, play an instrument, or create art. But Samantha was very popular. Why? She loved others, and she showed it by encouraging people. She cheered hard at the baseball games. She attended her classmates’ concerts and complimented them on their band and vocal solos. She noticed when people looked sad and did her best to cheer them up. She didn’t do it to be popular, but people loved having her around.
How can you be an encourager? Notice when someone tries hard to accomplish something. Say, “Great job!” or “Way to go!” Also, find someone going through a hard experience that you have been through yourself. If your parents were divorced a few years ago, and a classmate is now coping with it, you can offer encouragement. Let her know that things will get better. You could also tell her about the comfort you received from God, who is the best encourager of all: “the Father of compassion and the
God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4
TNIV). Make it your goal to encourage someone in your family or at school every day. One surprising benefit will be that your own joy will greatly increase.
Illuminating Your Life
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” —Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
We’re all on a journey through life. It can be dark and confusing at times. But God’s Word—the principles and commandments in it—light the way. It makes the narrow path visible, so we don’t have to stumble and fall. Lamps and lights also serve as warning signals, like when a bridge is out. In the same manner, God’s Word acts as a signal, warning us away from trouble.
Amber is a new girl in the sixth grade who wants to make friends. Should she choose the plain girl who is calm, or the flashy, fun-looking girl who often displays a short temper? If Amber looks in God’s Word, it will shine a light on her path. “Do not make friends with a hottempered man, do not associate with one easily angered” (Proverbs 22:24 NIV). How about Heather? She doesn’t know how to handle a bully in her gym class who insults her. If she wants to make a wise decision, she’ll let God’s Word shine a light on her situation.
“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent [sensible] man overlooks an insult” (Proverbs 12:16 NIV). Maybe you can’t find a specific Bible verse to cover your situation. If not, pray and ask God for his advice. He promises to give it to you. James 1:5 (NLT) says, “If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.” Sometimes you can sense the answer right away, and sometimes you have to wait for a while before you know what to do. But God will answer. “You will light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness” (Psalm 18:28 NKJV).
Put an end to the darkness on your path through life. Turn on the Light!
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