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After you listen

Memory Verse

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”

Audio Icon   Romans 8:28



In this episode, Liz and his friends use an unpleasant situation to encourage someone near them. God has placed us where we are for a reason, even if we don’t often understand what the reason is. Maybe it’s a big opportunity to proclaim his name to a friend or neighbor, like Paul and Silas had. Maybe it’s a small opportunity to show love to someone. In Matthew 10:42, Jesus points out that even just giving a cup of cold water to someone who needs it can be done in Jesus’ name.

How can we bless the people around us? Often we’re so busy looking ahead to the next thing in our lives that we ignore what and who are in front of us. Let’s start with a smile and a positive attitude. As Grandpa pointed out, we can be examples of praising God in any circumstance. Purposefully being an encouragement to those around us is one step in trusting that every detail in our lives is worked into something good.

Want to dig deeper and learn more about God’s plans and ours? Check out Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 14:26-27, and Matthew 5:13-16.


It’s amazing what even a smile can do to make someone's day. Remind yourself to be an encouragement to others by making a smiley-face charm. Print out a picture or emoji and glue it onto a sturdy piece of cardboard or plastic. On the other side, put a picture of a cross or a heart to remind you that God’s plans are always for good. Cover it with clear tape to keep it protected, then attach it with a large safety pin to your backpack or bag. When you see it, think of the people God has placed around you who need a smile and a kind word. You may never know the impact you may have in their lives.