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Youth Ministry Devotions | Friends Devotional

Friends. We all want them. Some of us have great friends. Some of us have terrible friends. Some of us are just praying to have one friend. Some of us have more friends than we know what to do with. Some of us would consider ourselves a great friend. Some of us would admit to being a pretty selfish friend. Whatever your friendship status: popular, lonely, some friends or just one really good friend, we can all agree that we want friends. And, we don’t just want friends, we NEED friends. And honestly, the prime life is impossible without friends.

Check out what Paul writes in the book of Hebrews:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

Paul doesn’t say let me spur myself on to love and good deeds. He says let us spur each other on. In other words, this life was never meant to be lived alone. It was meant to be done with other people. It not just up to us to make sure we’re living the prime life. Our friends should be looking out for us and we should be looking out for our friends.

But, we don’t just need friends, we need friends who are going to push us to show love to those around us and who are going to push us to do the wise thing. Friends who also agree that fullness of life is found in Jesus and want to help us live a full life. Friends who build us up instead of tearing us down.

Today, if you’re feeling defeated trying to live a prime life, look at who’s around you. Are they the type of friends who spur you on to love and good deeds? If they’re not, think of at least one person you know who could help to encourage you to love those around and do the wise thing. Call them or text that person and ask them to be that friend for you. If you can’t think of someone, begin praying now that God would show you that friend. Talk to your small group or an adult that you trust and ask them if they know someone who could be that friend, or ask them to be that person for you. Whatever it looks like for you, begin take steps to find a friend who will spur you on.

Or maybe you’re reading this are thinking of people in your life that are this type of friend. If you have these friends in your life, thank them and hold on to them. Recognize their value in your life. Then, take it a step further and think of someone in your life who needs this type of friend. Call or text that person and ask them if you can be someone in their life who encourages them to love people around them well and make wise decisions. Be the type of friend that you’re so grateful to have.

Incredible things begin to happen when we’re spurring each other on to love and good deeds. It not only helps us to keep living the prime life, but it shows the rest of the world that a prime life is possible. So, BigStuf, go find a friend and be a friend today, and show the world what a full life can look like!

Meet the author

Beth Romanoski

Beth Romanoski

Beth has been coming to BigStuf since 7th grade, was a BigStuf summer intern, and is now our Registration Coordinator. As Registration Coordinator, she now gets to hear countless stories from Youth Pastors about how BigStuf is a place where their students have learned more about who God is and who He has created them to be. She said, "It’s come full circle and I think that’s pretty incredible."

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