The Devotional Series is designed to help students engage with God’s Word throughout the week. The devotions come with five unique verses and five unique prompts per week to help students think about or act on what they’ve read.
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Have you ever said something that wasn’t true to impress someone? Sometimes we stretch the truth when we tell a story. Instead of catching a three-inch snake on a hike, you tell it as a three-foot snake. And the more you tell it, the more it becomes like 30 three-foot snakes. We all do it! But have you ever thought about why? What makes us stretch the truth a little bit? Is it to get someone to like you? To make them think you’re awesome? To be included? No matter your motivation, it’s important to remember this truth: The people who matter find value in truth. Instead of trying to impress others with your words, look for those who encourage you to speak with 100% truth. Ask God to help you surround yourself with friends who value truth.
Random acts of kindness are awesome. Finding out the person ahead of you in line paid for your drink at Starbucks? Awesome! Someone letting you go first in the lunch line so you can have the last double fudge cookie? Awesome! Finding a note in your locker from a friend for no reason? Awesome! Kindness is incredible, and it’s something we can exercise beyond just our actions. Our mouths can show kindness, too. By speaking words that build others up, we’re practicing kindness. By using words that offer compassion and forgiveness, we’re showing kindness. Today, try to practice kindness with the words you say to others.
What’s the worst part about getting a nasty cut? The moment your skin rips? Or when the dreaded medicating spray hits your
skin with burning and stinging? As much as the spray hurts, its job is to heal. When we use words that hurt others—words meant to tear others down—we’re causing nothing but pain. But when we choose wise words—words that build others up—it might be uncomfortable for a moment, but eventually, those words will help heal. Memorize this verse in Proverbs to help you remember that wise words ultimately bring healing.
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