The New Kid On the Block

Published 8/23/19

101 Five-Minute Meal Time Devotions: Fun and Creative Ways

to Teach your Kids Spiritual Values

By Greg Johnson

What If...

Three doors down from our house a new family moves in. As they unload the big yellow Ryder truck, you see them haul a swing set into their backyard and a boy’s bike into the garage. What does that mean?

That’s right, they have a kid–probably one your age.

Though you already have neighborhood friends to play with—and it’s not easy making friends with new people—you decide to give it a try. How do you feel about doing that?

On Saturday, you get up at your normal 9:30, ask Dad if he’ll make pancakes (with chocolate chips, of course), then walk down to the new house. How are you feeling as you approach the door?

You knock, and the new kid answers the door. After you introduce yourselves, he asks you to come in and see his video game library. As he walks down the hallway, you notice he limps. Plus, his left foot is a little curved in. Though the kid seems normal in every other way, his walk obviously isn’t.

Questions to Think On

• What are you thinking?

• What are you going to tell your friends about him?

• Will you play with him at school?

• What would be the good parts or bad parts about being his friend?

What Does God Have to Say?

Enjoy the company of ordinary folks. Romans 12:13, LB

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9


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