'...Love covers over a multitude of sins.' 1 Peter 4:8 NIV
Ok, word4U2day has been thumping the point about getting older, wiser mentors in your life for while now. But guiding and helping isn’t a task that’s only for mentors. As Christians, we can all call each other out - so long as it’s done with grace and wisdom - point each other to God, and teach each other things we’ve learned. And bonus points: teaching others helps that same good advice to sink in to you.
Here are some prime pointers for teaching others (which will bat blessings back to you, btw):
(1) Love imperfect people. Learning to love people is hard to do, especially since people can be pretty nasty at times. So, teach others that loving is a risk worth taking. A good way to do this is, well, by loving them when they’re imperfect...
(2) The future can be better than the past. If you can bounce back from hard times, other people will be encouraged that it’s possible.
(3) Adapt to change. Life is constantly changing. If you don’t like that, you’ll find things pretty hard. You have a choice and can get over mistakes. (God actively wants to help you with this, btw. Chat with Him about it.)
Today would be a good day to thank the people who raised you: parents, carers, grandparents. Teaching kids isn’t easy. And if you were raised by a single parent, be a little extra grateful today. Your parent has a bigger job: taking care of you and their own life can be a little heavy. Remember that, and find some practical way of showing your thanks.
SoulFood: Gen 44-46, John 19:1-24, Ps 148:7-14, Ecc 5:4-9
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