A few months ago there was a powerful movie in theaters called Wonder, based on the true story of August “Auggie” Pullman. Auggie was malformed and didn’t look like the other kids in his class. He was teased and bullied mercilessly for it, and had to deal with a number of abuses by those who didn’t treat him with the respect and love he deserved. I won’t give away any spoilers, but let’s just say things do get better for our hero, Auggie.
If this month you’ve been dealing with something tough, go rent Wonder. It won’t fix your problems, but I can guarantee it will provide a boost of inspiration and strength to help you get through your situation. With our eternal destination in mind, nothing is forever—even physical complications, and Auggie is a true example of overcoming the odds.
We need the Word of God to strengthen and encourage us. What a privilege that we can always open the Bible! There is something special about memorizing God’s Word and “writing it” on our hearts when we need His encouragement.
My life verse and constant encouragement is Matthew 6:26-27. “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” When I need to remember it, I quote the verse to myself and thank God for that promise. If you’re going through a hard time, look up and consider memorizing one (or more!) of the following verses: Jeremiah 32:27, 1 Peter 4:12-13, Deuteronomy 31:6, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, John 14:26-27, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 91:14-16.
When life is tough, it’s easy to become self-absorbed and not pay attention to the people around us. The needs and cares of our friends, coworkers, classmates, and loved ones can take a back seat to our own. This is human nature, but we should try to empathize with those around us and trust God with our own cares.
I’d like to encourage you to head to any craft store in your area and pick out a box of blank cards (with envelopes). When you start dwelling on or worrying about your problems, take out a card and ask the Lord to give you the name of someone you could cheer up or encourage. Carry that card with you until you see them again. As you focus on others, the Lord will help take care of your concerns.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7).
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—Rachael Boynton | Spring Valley Corps | Greater New York