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Spread the Love

Daily Devotional for July 24, 2016

Read: Colossians 3:12-15

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"We saved a seat for you!" Beth called. Kayla tried to smile as she walked down the school bus aisle. But just like at lunch, Beth was already chatting away with Chelsea. Beth was Kayla's friend--why did she suddenly have to share her with Chelsea?

Kayla squeezed onto the bus bench beside Beth. "Guess what, Kayla?" Beth said. "Chelsea thinks she might be able to come to our sleepover tomorrow!" Kayla felt tears prick her eyes. She and Beth had been sleeping over at each other's houses for years. Now suddenly Chelsea had to be part of it?

Kayla grabbed her backpack as the bus rolled to her stop. Beth didn't even seem to notice. "See you tomorrow," Kayla murmured as she stepped into the aisle.

"Mom, I don't think I'm going to Beth's tomorrow," Kayla said as she grabbed a yogurt cup from the fridge.

"Why?" Mom asked. "You and Beth have always gone to each other's parties."

"I don't think Beth wants to be my friend anymore," Kayla said. "She wants Chelsea to be part of everything."

"Let's go outside," said Mom. "Gardening helps me think better--maybe it will help you, too." Mom filled the watering can and headed to the patio. "Why don't you water the flowers for me?" Mom suggested. "Pour all this water into the pink pot."

"What about the other pots?" Kayla asked.

"The pink one is my favorite," Mom explained.

"But the other flowers will die without water, and there's too much water for just the pink pot!" Kayla protested.

"You're right, Kayla," Mom said. "Loving a friend is like watering flowers. If we pour love on many people, we'll have many friends. The more we love, the more love we receive. But pouring all our love on one person can hurt our friendship with them, and other friendships we might have had wither and die. God made us able to love many people. Loving someone new means there's more love, not less."

Kayla thought about that as she carefully watered each pot. "Then I can't wait to go to Beth's tomorrow!" she said. Heidi J. Schmidt

Are you jealous when a special friend hangs out with someone new? Do you look for ways to make more friends? Remember that when we love people like Jesus, our love for others never runs out. The more we share His gift of love, the more love we receive. So don’t be afraid to share your friends—you’ll get more friends in return!

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Colossians 3:14 (KJV)
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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