The Children's Bible Hour: Keys for Kids
Keys for Kids is a daily devotional for children.
Bible Reading: Psalm 139:13-14; Jeremiah 1:5
Tana threw her jacket onto the chair and yanked open the refrigerator door. She grabbed a bottle of water and took a drink.
"How did the tryouts go?" her grandmother asked.
"I don't want to talk about it, Grams." Tana walked to the family room and plopped onto the couch.
Grams followed and sat in the rocking chair. She picked up her knitting. The clicking of her needles was the only sound in the room. "Do you want to tell me what happened?"
"I didn't make the cheer squad! I know it's because of my arm."
"How do you know that?" asked Grams.
"Because I was just as good or better than some of the girls who made the squad. It's not fair. It's not my fault my left arm is a stub. Why did God let this happen to me?" Tana swiped away a tear.
Grams's needles continued to click. "I'm sorry, Tana. I don't know why God allowed that difficulty into your life, and it was wrong for the squad not to pick you because of it. But remember, you never have to face difficulties alone. The Bible tells us God knits us together just like I'm knitting this sweater. He loves you just as you are, and He's working in your life to make you more like Jesus. Lean on Him for support. Just like when I knit this yarn together, it will be stronger than if it remains a single thread."
Tana sighed. "It's just hard being different, Grams. People feel sorry for me because I'm different. They think I can't do what they can, and they're afraid to challenge me."
"If you want a challenge, I'll give you one."
"What? You know I can't play the piano," Tana said with a smirk.
"I challenge you to keep your eyes open for opportunities where you can help others. Show others what you can do."
Later that week, Tana came home smiling. "Grams, guess what happened today? I helped a younger girl who was struggling with her crutches get on the bus. I carried her backpack and crutches while she hopped up the steps. She thanked me and gave me a big smile."
"Good for you!" said Grams. "Keep showing others you can shine for Jesus." Lori HulveyHow About You?
Do you worry about being different? Do you struggle with how others treat you? Always remember, God loves you just as you are. He created you to be you and to bring glory to Him through your words and actions. He saved you through His Son, Jesus, who will one day bring an end to the difficulties you face. Trust Him to give you strength so you can shine for Him.
Today's Key Verse:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. (NIV) (Psalm 139:13)
Today's Key Thought:
God loves you as you are