for teens

Finding a best friend

Friends. Do you feel you need better or truer or more lasting friendship? When I was in middle school, I felt this way. I really didn't know how to deal with kids at school who were sometimes unkind, or how to make new friendships that would be worthwhile. I didn't even like going to school, because I knew I wasn't popular.

I felt pretty desperate, so I looked to God for direction. I asked Him what I needed to know and do in order to improve the situation. As a result of this prayer, I came to feel that I needed a sort of "spiritual makeover"—I needed to better understand God and my relation to Him. Part of my efforts involved studying the Bible and Science and Health. I also participated in a Sunday School class every week where I asked lots of questions. I wanted to understand how to get my thinking and my actions in line with the great and good power of God so that I could be blessed by it.

Dear Sentinel,
May 18, 1998

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