Happy Sunday friends! I’m so happy to be sharing my fifteenth “Scripture Sunday” post with you today. I’ve loved writing them for y’all every other week and I hope you’ve loved reading them too! I’m just going to jump into the post, but as always I want to throw out the reminder that if the Christian religion offends you in any way you are more than welcome to keep scrolling through my blog and find a style post that you’d prefer to read. Now, let’s get started!
Proverbs 11:27; Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.
I’m not sure about when y’all are going back to school, but I return this Thursday, August 17th. I’m going to be a junior and yes, I do know what they say, “junior year is the hardest.” I’m pretty frightened to be starting such a crucial year to my college applications, but I’m also a bit excited for a new school year of possibilities and opportunity.
One thing I’m really not excited about, however, is seeing some of those people I’ve been happy to avoid all summer. Those that have been a little less than kind to me in the past, those that I’ve hit rough patches with at some point this summer, etc. I think it’s pretty fair to say this isn’t all that strange for a high schooler, but I don’t think it’s a good thing either. I try not to judge people but sometimes it just seems as if my everyone at school is doing something bad or saying something bad about someone else and I’m just tired of it.
As I’ve tried to come up with a way to get past this before the school year begins, I found Proverbs 11:27. The verse says “Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.” What I take away from this is the idea that if I go around school just waiting for someone to “wrong me” or do something I wouldn’t think of as right, I’ll see it a lot more. However, if I begin to look at everyone the way God looks at us, I’ll be able to see the good in everyone I pass by in the hallways and sit next to in class. I want to stop seeing people as fake, mean, etc. and start seeing them as children of God, made perfectly in His image. I’m beginning to pray more for those I’m not too fond of and to only think of positive responses to things I hear or see about my peers. I’m doing my best to stop searching for the bad and start opening my eyes to the good.
As you start school, stop yourself whenever you think those negative thoughts about others, even those that you might think are justified. Start thinking “child of God” before thinking anything else of someone. Everyone is worth loving and there’s no need to look for reasons to hate them instead.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week.