WEEK 1

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

Jesus made it pretty clear that loving others was a top priority. But if we’re being honest, there are some people that are just plain hard to love! In those cases, it is important to remember that God loves us even when we’re hard to love. He loves us unconditionally, even though we don’t deserve it. Eventually, we must admit that loving others is about what God has called us to do, not always what we want to do. We love because He asked us to—that’s it! This week, commit to praying for someone in your life who is hard to love.

DAY 2

It’s hard to appreciate something you don’t fully understand. Some of the subjects you study at school seem like a complete waste of time, but as you grow up, you’ll realize just how important those things are to your life. Unfortunately, we can sometimes treat the Bible the same way. Reading and studying it as a student can help you a lot as an adult. Though you may not always realize it, the more you learn about God’s word, the better your life will be. This week, connect with a trusted friend or Small Group Leader and ask them to share how they study the Bible with you.

DAY 3

If you have siblings, then you know that getting along with them isn’t always easy. But even on the worst days, you’re held together with your siblings by the love you have for each other as fami-ly. And in the family of God, the same rules apply. As be- lievers, we must remain committed to loving each other. Even when we disa-gree or don’t get along, still we must love. Think of the last person you had a hard time getting along with in your life. Ask yourself how that situation could’ve been different if you’d ap-proached them with a little more love.

DAY 4

Students have to deal with so many different influences in their lives—pressure from friends, pressure from teachers, pressure from parents, pressure from so-cial media, and more! They’re all telling you to prove yourself in one way or another. But as Christians, we have the freedom to live truly for an audience of one—God! His approval is ultimately the most im-portant in our lives, and pleasing Him should be our primary motivation. In all you do this week—at school, at home, with friends, in sports— remind yourself that you’re ultimate-ly doing it for God.

DAY 5

The older we get, the more freedom we want to have—freedom from rules, freedom from chores, freedom from curfews, freedom from our parents. While want freedom to do the things we want, the Bible reminds us that the point of our freedom is actually to use it to do what God wants. And often, He calls us to use that freedom to serve others. It isn’t easy, but as you grow, focus on using your freedom the way God wants you to use it. This week, thank God for the freedom you have, and ask Him to help you use it to serve and help others.

WEEK 2

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

Life constantly reminds us of our limitations. The failed math quiz, the missed free throw, and even that challenging level of a video game—all tell us that some things are just beyond our abilities. But thankfully, we have access to a God who can do anything. All of creation—from the stars in the sky to the smallest fish in the sea—reminds us that God is all powerful. As you pray today, talk to God about a struggle or limitation you’re dealing with in life. Ask Him to step in and carry the weight of it for you, as He is strong and able.

DAY 2

No one likes to admit that they’re afraid, but we all struggle with fear from time to time. But the good news for us is that God gives us a way out. Fear does not come from God. He wants us to live courageously and has given us everything we need to do just that. All we have to do is call on Him for the power, love, and strength we need to face any of our fears. What’s one fear that you currently have? Share it with a friend and ask them to help you work toward facing it with God’s help.

DAY 3

Have you ever been blamed for someone else’s mistake? It isn’t fair, is it? Consequences should be given to the guilty, not the innocent, right? Well, Jesus stepped in the line of fire for all of us—guilty and innocent. He took the fall for all of our mistakes with His death on the cross. And the best part? In doing so, He saved us all for eternity! This week, share with a friend or Small Group Leader what it means to you to know that Jesus saved us all.

DAY 4

Life is not always easy. Sometimes, the pressures of today can distract us from the possibilities of tomorrow. But when we place our hope in Jesus, we can be encouraged as we face both today and tomorrow knowing that He has already overcome every possible challenge we might face. This week, write down a few challenges you’re facing. Share them with a friend or Small Group Leader and pray for God’s encouragement to get through them.

DAY 5

It feels good to be loved. Whether it’s through an encouraging text, a hug from someone you love, or an unexpected gift, it’s nice to know that you matter to others. One of the greatest acts of love we’ve ever received is being a part into the family of God. The God of the universe loves us as His own children. What better gift is there than that? Take time this week to spend alone with God. Thank Him for loving you enough to give you life and make you His own.

WEEK 3

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

People have been debating the creation of the world for a long time. Even the smartest scientists out there are still studying just how it all came to be! As believers in Jesus, we may not always understand how it happened, but we know who created everything we see. And we can trust that the God who made everything we see can also handle every detail of our lives— even the things that are hard for us to understand! That’s how our faith in Him grows! This week, make a list of some of your favorite things in creation—the beach, the sun, the mountains, the flowers. Thank God for each one as a reminder of how He is working and in control of every detail in this life.

DAY 2

Have you ever been in the middle of a huge thunderstorm? The kind where the wind is blowing, the thunder is clapping, and lightening is brightening up the sky? If you have, then you know just how powerful a thunderstorm can be. And when you think about the fact that God is the one who created things like thunderstorms, it reminds us of how powerful He really is. As believers in Jesus, we have access to His power as we walk through this life. This week, pay attention to the things you see in nature that display God’s power. When you notice them, remind yourself that you have access to the all-powerful God who created them.

DAY 3

As Christians, our lives should look different in some ways. Sometimes it’s ways that are more obvious, like avoiding certain behaviors or making choices that not everyone else at school finds popular. But our lives can also look different in smaller, less noticeable ways. The words we use, the way we treat others, the places we go—all of those things are small reflections to others of the way Jesus has called us to live. And when we live that way, whether we realize it or not, we’re representing the love of God to others. This week, ask a friend to help you focus on reflecting God in just one area of your life.

DAY 4

Have you ever wished you could get some sort of cheat sheet for the Bible? Like somehow have the whole point summed up in just a few sentences? While all the great things in the Bible can’t be narrowed down to a few words, Paul did sum up the greatest command Jesus gave us in this verse: to love others. When we aren’t sure what else to do, we can know that as long as we’re showing love to those around us, we’re living out part of God’s will for our lives. This week, make an effort to live this out by going out of your way to show God’s love to someone else.

DAY 5

All of us want to do a good job, especially at the things that are important to us. It’s natural to want to do things well in this life—make good grades, win the game, get the lead, make the team. But real success isn’t determined by how well we perform; rather, it’s determined by how we live our lives. In other words, real success comes from living a life that reflects the things that are vital to God—loving others, loving God, and loving ourselves. As you pray today, ask God to help you shift your eyes from other things and instead, look for success in the way you live for Him.

WEEK 4

DEVOTIONALS

DAY 1

We don’t have to fully understand God to trust that He fully understands us. We are known and loved by God, just as we are right now! And because of that love, He promises to take care of us in any and every situation. Of course that doesn’t mean we won’t have problems, but it does mean that when we do, we have the power of God to help us. This week, ask an adult that you trust to share how God took care of them during a difficult time in their life.

DAY 2

Everybody likes to be recognized for the good things they’ve done. It feels good to win an award, or be applauded in front of others, or even to just receive a compliment. In those moments, it’s important to remember that all we have is from God. That means the brains that helped us win the awards, the abilities that helped us receive the praise, or the qualities that others compliment are all ours because God gave them to us. What is one thing you’re really good at? Something you receive praise or compliments for? Thank God for giving you that quality or skill and ask Him to help you remember that it’s all from Him.

DAY 3

We all have problems! And when we’re dealing with problems in our lives, it can be easy to forget that others around us may be going through similar things. Part of sharing God’s love with others is helping them through their times of need, even if it means putting our own problems aside to do it. God didn’t call us to walk through life alone, and that means that in the same way we can help others when they’re in need, others will show up to help us when we need it. This week, find someone in your life who has a need. Then, do what you can to help them meet it!

DAY 4

Have you ever struggled to finish something you started? Maybe you tried to learn to play the piano, but eventually lost interest. Or you wanted to redecorate your room, but got bored halfway through. Fortunately, God is not like us in this way. When He starts to change our lives for the better, He doesn’t quit. He keeps going until His work in our lives is complete. Even on bad days, we can trust that God will never give up on us. As you pray today, thank God for being faithful to you, for being a God who never quits or gives up!

DAY 5

God made us. And as our Creator, He knows what’s best for us. But even when we know this is true, we sometimes struggle to take matters into our own hands. We want to control what’s happening in our lives, so we ignore what God commands in favor of what we want. But remember that God gives us commands not to hold us back, but to give us more life. He loves us, knows what’s best for us, and wants us to have the best lives possible. This week, memorize this verse. Use it as a prayer to guide you toward remembering God’s love for you and His desires for your life.