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Sunday, September 7, 2014

How to Glorify God at School


 


Raquel Wroten I just got home from taking my student 
to walk her schedule and practice 
opening her locker at her new school. 

Despite all the fears that come with her disability—you can read about that here—I feel so thankful for God’s faithfulness in Anna’s life, as she gets ready to start junior high in a few weeks.

One of the challenges Anna faces this year has more to do 
with her desire to glorify God at school than anything else. 

I told her glorifying God can produce all sorts of blessings, but it can also lead to bullying. She didn’t even blink.
Instead she asked, 

    “What am I suppose to do then? How can I glorify 
      God at school?”

Here’s what I basically told her.

Stay close to God and depend on Him. When 
things get hard at school with people or with 
classes, let God know you need Him. Pray for help! Remember, 

   “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t 
     try to figure out everything on your own. Listen 
     for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere 
     you go; He’s the one who will keep you on 
     track.”     Proverbs 3:5–6, (MSG)

Focus on honesty and integrity. Strive to have 
integrity in everything you do at school. Strive for 
honesty and trustworthiness with all of your 
teachers. Do your best to respect others. Follow 
the rules and work diligently as “for the Lord.” 
Colossians 3:23–24.

Work towards excellence. Work hard and do 
your best. God has given you all kinds of skills 
and when you go to school you learn to improve 
the gifts God has given you. Learn to be a good 
steward of the talents and gifts God gave you. 

Take advantage of your influence and 
opportunity. Every day you meet new kids, 
you have the opportunity to influence their lives 
for God’s glory. You don’t have to preach to 
them. You just have to show them Jesus in the 
way you love and relate to them. 

Learn to communicate. Kids these days don’t 
know how to talk to each other. Speak boldly 
and honestly to your friends. Weave your Biblical 
worldview into your conversations at school. Don’t 
hide it from your friends. They will learn from you.

Serve Others. Look for ways to serve your 
teachers, friends and those you see have a need. 
You can say a word of encouragement, offer 
to pray for someone or walk alongside someone 
who needs a friend. Express kindness to all. 
And smile!

Stay thankful. Everyday—especially the hard, 
difficult days—give God thanks for your life and 
how He made you. Do your best not to complain, 
but instead have a heart of gratitude. Joy springs 
up from having an attitude of gratitude. 

My conversation with Anna reminds me God gives each 
of us moments in our day to serve and glorify Him. We 
just have to learn to see and to take advantage of each 
situation. As I explained this to her, I told her, 

    “It’s like opening your locker. At first it seems hard and 
      tricky, but before you know it, you’ll be able to do it 
      without thinking about it.”

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How to Glorify God at School

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Let’s pray:

Father, when we think of our children going to school each day, urge us to pray for them.

May we be aware of how to encourage 
them at the end of the day too, when they come home tired, and maybe discouraged.

   Help us remember Raquel's advice, so we can help them be good witnesses for Christ in school.

   What she has recommended for us to tell the the 
children, will be helpful, as we'll need to instruct them 
in God's ways in order for them to be victorious in
handling their every-day experiences.


   For our children to know in advance how to handle
themselves, and the situations that arise, is going to
enable them to shine for Jesus in school.

   Thank You for urging Raquel to share these important
pieces of advice with us today.

   In the name of Jesus, we pray we'll follow through with
them, to help our children in their walk with You. Amen.

Today’s Bible verse: 1 Chron. 29:12  "Both riches and 
honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all: and in thy 
hand is power and might; and in thy hand it is to make 
great, and to give strength unto all."

Today’s quote: Cindy Sproles – “As parents, all we can do is raise our children beneath the wings of Christ. Train them up in the ways of God and then, when the babies spread their wings … pray. Pray fervently, continually, and with deep passion. When they wander, pray. When they falter, pray. When they sin, pray. When, when, when … just pray.” Cindy K. Sproles

Christian Devotions, Executive Editor


Some thoughts today: Meekness is strength under control. God wants us to honor His Word, and to do what He's says in every occasion and opportunity of service.

- The merciful will receive mercy. We're actually happy when we show mercy to others. Peacemakers are doing God's will. Often, our presence brings peace to the situation at hand, when we've been faithful to live for Christ.

- Recognize when you've sin, and repent. The joy of the Lord is sure to return.

9th- Tuesday’s post:  Comparison for Wedges of Sin
James Cagle  (I urge you to read this, as it is an excellent message on what wedges of sin are, where they came from, and their effects)

11th- Thursday's post:  God is Slow to Anger and 
Abounding in Love Kim Damon

13th- Saturday's post:  Crossing the Bridge
William Brooks Hull

23rd- Tuesday's post:  #1 PRAYER WARFARE 
Introduction C. Peter Wagner

A popular post: Pride (How to deal with it) James Cagle shares these thoughts with us on pride:

Oh, how loving and kind the Spirit;
How compassionate as well the hand,
That points out the wicked sin of pride
That resides in the heart of ev’ry man.


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