There will be times in your life (and maybe it’s already happened) when you will interact with an adult who isn’t a Christian. Maybe it’s a teacher, coach, or even one of your parents. How do you handle it?
A great verse to remember is 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12—"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others."
What does that mean exactly? There are five things to remember when interacting with people who don’t believe in the Bible or God:
Do you want to have lots of friends? Do you want people to scramble to sit next to you at the lunch table, or stand next to you in the kickball line? Do you want people to light up when you walk into a room and get excited at your very presence?
Yeah, me too.
Sometimes, though, we want others to like us so much, we can make them feel pressured, and no one likes to feel pressured. Sometimes, we think we can impress others by letting them know how important we are, or how much we know. But when we do that, we often end up making them feel put down, like we think we’re better than they are. And when others feel put down or criticized, they probably won’t like us very much.
But when we make the people around us feel good about themselves, they will want to be around us! If your friend misses what seems to be an easy shot in the volleyball game, instead of making her feel bad, tell her, "Good try! You’ll get it next time." If she made a B on the spelling test even after studying for hours, tell her, "Some of those words were really hard. You should feel proud of that B!"
I love sparkly things. Whether it’s Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz or Tinkerbelle’s wand in Peter Pan, my eyes are drawn to things that glitter and shine.
Have you ever known a person who sparkles? Oh, I’m not talking about her clothes or lip gloss. Some people just seem to have an inner light that shines. Their smiles light up a room, and when you talk to them, you feel warm and happy, as if that person really likes you and thinks you’re special. Those are the ones I call, "sparkly people."
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