Joseph Brunelle is a 14-year-old who, like many middle school boys, loves sports. Because Joseph has spina bfida, he manages his school’s basketball team instead of playing. But his friends, teammates, and classmates decided to show Joseph how important he is to them with a surprise:
Honor is letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. God shows us honor by the way He cares for every hair on our heads. And we follow God’s example when we show honor to others. Showing honor demonstrates that we see others as God sees them. Every person we meet has value to God and deserves our honor.
The monthly memory verse is: “Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves,” Romans 12:10, NIrV. When we take the time to get to know people, we show them that their ideas, feelings and abilities are valuable. We give them honor by recognizing the contributions they can make in our lives.
In Week One’s Bible story, David didn’t seem like someone who would be the next king, and he sure didn’t look like he could defeat a giant (1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1-58). But God could see David’s heart and knew he was worthy of honor. Our Bottom Line is: Honor others by giving them a chance. Everyone deserves a chance to be more than we expect.
In Week Two’s Bible story, Jonathan is a prince and rightful heir to the throne (1 Samuel 18:1-9; 19:1-7; 20:1-42). But Jonathan chooses to honor God and David by stepping aside and helping his friend take the throne. Our Bottom Line is: Honor others by putting them first. When we take the time to think about what the other person wants or needs, and put them above our own desires, it shows how important they are.
In Week Three’s Bible story, David had promised to treat Jonathan’s family with kindness when he became king. Many years later, David kept that promise by taking care of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:13 and 4:4). Our Bottom Line is: Honor others by keeping your promises. It shows we value them enough to be truthful and work to do what we’ve said we’d do.
In Week Four’s Bible story, David led the Israelites in celebrating a historic moment in the kingdom (2 Samuel 6:12b-22a). He was celebrating something God had done, so he wanted to bring more honor to God than to himself. Our Bottom Line is: Honor God by giving Him the credit. God has given us everything. So, when we are successful at something in life, we can celebrate that and thank God for what He’s done for us.