Is school back in session where you live? When I was growing up, school never started until after Labor Day. But here in the South, where the days are hot and muggy, August is as good a time as any to return to reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic.
Heading back to school usually means buying new clothes, trying out for sports teams, and making new friends. Friendships are critically important (click to tweet). And the right friends can be an excellent influence on your kids: giving them encouragement, and challenging them to do their best. But the wrong friends can spell disaster.
The Bible gives us a glimpse of what a great friendship looks like:
…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1 Samuel 18:1b
They were kindred spirits. What made their friendship something special?
*They challenged one another to do what was right. Their friendship was built on a love for the Lord. (1 Samuel 20:42)
*They looked out for each other. (1 Samuel 19:2)
*They encouraged one another during the difficult times. (1 Samuel 23:16)
David and Jonathan knew what true friendship was all about.
As your kids head back to school, help them understand how to choose the right kind of friends. And how to be a good friend. The school environment can be difficult to navigate, but godly friends can make all the difference (click to tweet).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for showing me examples of friendship in Your Word. Help me teach my kids to choose godly friends and to be the right kind of friend to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
*Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker and is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. She lives in sunny Georgia with her husband and daughter, two dogs and two cats. Visit her on the web and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter!