Do you enjoy being disciplined? No one does! But the correction you receive from your parents helps you grow into a mature, responsible adult. Disciplining a child for bad behavior is hard for a parent, but it's needed for good behavior to happen. Don't resent discipline. Instead, be glad someone cares.
Are you tempted to just try something that's not good? Doing just a little of what you shouldn't adds up and can lead to a destructive lifestyle that will harm your relationship with God and others. You need a daily diet of God's Word, accountability to other believers, and the power of the Holy Spirit to resist temptations. Seek the help you need-starting today!
Do you feel sad because someone seems to have forgotten you? Perhaps a friend moved away or a grandparent doesn't seem to remember you anymore. Stop for a moment and thank God that He never forgets His own! Pray for the person you miss. He or she may be feeling lonely, too.
Do you ever wish your parents had more money or things? Surprisingly, many rich people are often so focused on managing their possessions that they can't enjoy them. Money provides physical comforts, but there are things that are much more important. It's much better to be rich toward God than to be rich in the things of this world. Don't overburden yourself seeking riches that don't satisfy.
Are you properly equipped to be a servant for the Lord? Do you read and memorize God's Word so you know how to live as a Christian and can be prepared to share His love with others? Do you spend time talking to the Lord? Don't try to play the game-to live a Christian life-without the right equipment.
Are you afraid of what might happen to you in the future? When someone you know is hurt in a car accident, are you afraid the same thing might happen to you? Remember that God loves you and wants what is best for you. Whatever happens, God will be with you and will help you through the difficult times in your life. Ask Him to take your fears away and help you trust Him.
Do you find it hard to know when it's okay to laugh at something? Remember that God wants you to be kind. If you're tempted to laugh at someone, imagine how it would feel to have others laughing at you. If you wouldn't mind, it's probably okay. But if it would hurt you, or if the person seems to be offended at others laughing, stop. Honor God by being sensitive to people's feelings.
Do you talk to God about everything, or only if you need something? Wouldn't it be great to be called-as Abraham was-a "friend of God"? He wants you to talk with Him in all kinds of situations. Thank Him for the things you see on your way to school. Share your thoughts about people and things that happen. Praise Him for being your Lord. Treat Him like a good friend all the time.
Have you ever been told the world and all the things in it just happened- that it all just came together by chance? When you think about it, that makes no sense at all. Everything you see and use each day required a designer and a builder-and that includes things in nature. God says the world was created by Him. Believe it!
Have you ever done something wrong when you thought no one was looking? Perhaps you think you got away with it. You didn't. God saw what happened. He also sees your heart, and He takes that into account. Talk to God about it. Tell Him how you feel, and ask Him to forgive you. Then go to the person you wronged and ask them for forgiveness, too.
Do you wear whatever's in style? Or listen to the same music and watch the same TV shows as everyone else? That's fine if it's something God would approve of, but the world embraces many things that go against the standards God has set for Christians. Make sure the things you let into your life are in tune with God, not the world.
Have you had thoughts that you know don't belong in a Christian's mind? Recognize that Satan is the one who tries to put those thoughts in your head. Resist him by telling God about it in prayer and by cutting out things that influence you to have such thoughts. God is willing and able to help you think about other things.
Do you ever wish you could be older than you are now? It's hard to be patient, but God has a time for everything. Instead of focusing on what you can't do yet, put your energy into doing what you can do now. As you get older, you'll be able to do more things, but you'll also have more responsibilities. So enjoy the age you are now. Enjoy being a kid!
Have you ever been deceived-been given the wrong idea-by someone? Do you ever deceive other people? Deception is allowing someone to believe something that isn't true. There are other ways to lie besides just saying something that isn't true, and all of them are wrong. Speak honest words, but live an honest life, too.
Do you think you deserve to go to heaven? If so, you’re wrong! Don’t ask God for what you deserve—you really don’t want it! The Bible says that you’re a sinner and the “wages of sin death” (Romans 6:23). Because of His mercy and grace, if you trust in Jesus, He won’t give you what you deserve. Instead, He’ll give you His gift of eternal life.
Do you keep reading your Bible even if you don’t understand everything it says? God speaks to you through His Word, but you have to read it to find out what He says. Find a translation of the Bible that you can understand, and don’t stop reading it. Don’t stop listening when it’s being explained. The more you listen, the more you’ll learn.
Are you afraid to share the gospel with your friends? Do you realize how important it is to do that? It's great to pray for other kids, but unless someone actually tells them about Jesus, how will they know they need Him? Obey God's command to tell others. You want your friends to go the right way-toward heaven-right? Then talk to them about Jesus! Don't delay!
Do you have any forgotten smudges in your life? Has God shown you that you should be a witness to your friends and family? It’s good that you’re learning how God wants you to live, but be sure to put what you learn into practice. Look in the mirror of God’s Word, and don’t forget what you see there.
Have you experienced the death of a family member or friend? It’s hard to lose someone you love, and it’s natural to feel sad about it and even wonder how God could allow it to happen. But remember that for a Christian, death is passing from this life on earth to a life in heaven with Jesus. Ask God to give you comfort and peace in your time of loss. One day He will wipe away all your tears when you see Him face to face in heaven.
Do you copy what Jesus would do? What do you do when someone cuts in line in front of you? When someone teases or calls you names? Jesus wouldn’t shove anyone out of line or call them names in return. WWJD is a good way to remember that a Christian should always copy Jesus.
Do you care about your friends enough to keep telling them about Jesus . . . even if they don’t want to hear it at first? Sometimes people respond to the gospel right away, but other times it can take months or even years of talking about Jesus and showing them God’s love. Don’t give up witnessing to them. Love them enough to make sure they know that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Are you afraid God won't love you as much if you don't get good grades as a Christian? He loved you so much He died for you while you were still trapped in sin, and He'll never love you any less, no matter what. If you've trusted Jesus as your Savior, you should want to please Him-to live as He wants you to live. If you need forgiveness, ask Him for it, remembering that you're His child and He loves you very much!
Does what you do for God seem less important than what others do for Him? It's not. On the other hand, perhaps you think what you do for Him is more important than what others do. That's not true, either. God sees the love that goes into each deed, no matter how big or small it seems to you. All acts done in love are precious in God's sight.
Have you let Jesus rescue you from your sins? You can never save yourself. Perhaps you go to Sunday school and church, do your chores at home, obey your parents, study hard at school, and give money to the poor. None of these things—good as they are—will save your soul from hell. But Jesus died to rescue you. Don’t refuse His help. Ask Him to forgive your sins and save you. You’ll be glad you did!
Do you have a burden that's too heavy for you? If your parents are separated or divorced, do you wonder if it's your fault? Maybe worries about school or friends often fill your mind. Talk to an adult about your heavy burdens-someone who can help you turn them over to Jesus. He loves you and wants to carry them for you. If they start to worry you again, give them right back to Jesus-and learn to leave them there.
Do you have trouble accepting people who speak a different language or come from a different culture? Every person is "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God, and He loves and accepts them all. The next time you come across someone from a different culture, ask them about it. You just might learn something new-and make a new friend, too!