Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Help Every Day, Everywhere ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Help Every Day, Everywhere ; A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People

Article excerpt

My friend Chris is a great basketball player. He usually ends up being the star of the game. But before he plays, his stomach gets upset.

School is a different thing for Chris. He's not a star in class. In fact, he worries about tests and is afraid he won't know the right thing to say when the teacher calls on him. His grades aren't so good.

Chris's mom gave him a silver cross. The cross isn't something magic, but it does help Chris think about God being with him and helping him, the way He helped Jesus. When Chris remembers that he's with God, he's not so afraid.

If you're like Chris, you can remember the same thing at school or when you're playing sports. You can think about God and how He's right where you are. God is always loving you. When you think about Him, you find that He's there taking care of you, and that He is always showing you the right thing to do.

Here's something else you can do: memorize a Bible verse, or write it on a card that goes in your pocket or your backpack. The Bible verse will keep you thinking about God and what is true about you. This will help you.

You may already have a favorite Bible verse. If you don't, here are just some you could choose from (the Bible has hundreds of them!):

*This verse is from Isaiah: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (41:10). You can think of this as God talking to you, telling you not to be afraid because He will help you with everything you do. God is more powerful than anything! And His power is always at work. With God's help you can do well in whatever you have to do.

*Psalm 119:73. It says, "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me." This will remind you that God made you. The Bible also says that everything God made was "very good" (Gen. 1:31). He didn't make some of us good at things like basketball or school, and others not good at anything. …

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