Victoria Betrous, 16

Near the end of my sophomore year of high school, an older student came up and asked me to look out for others because I was going to be an upperclassman. I had to stop and think about what this role might mean.

I cannot believe that I am now part of the “older” and “wiser” crowd. But I cannot watch anyone tear others down, so I see this new role as a chance to encourage people. I said “hi” to a sixth grader, and her face lit up. I acknowledged a teammate who was doing well, and she even teared up a little. Encouraging others in little ways can make a difference. So I am joining the movement to build up the next generation.


VICTORIA’S CHALLENGE: When I was younger, all I wanted was for older youth to acknowledge me. So why not be that example for younger kids? I challenge you to give a smile or a wave to the kids you see at school, church, or the mall. Let’s be the generation that builds up others instead of putting them down.

Encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NRSV)

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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