To Keep Ourselves Virtuous

It’s now October. We’re far enough into the school year to know our routines pretty well and we can juggle more stuff that comes up. Autumn is just starting—it’s getting chillier and the leaves are starting to change colors. This month’s project is to “adopt” a young girl from your congregation and encourage her to be virtuous.

Before you get started, however, you need to examine yourself and pray that God will reveal to you where you might be lacking in this area. We cannot teach and encourage others if we are not willing to be virtuous ourselves.

Once you choose which girl to spend time with, ask your parents if it would be okay for her to come home with you for a few hours. Then ask her parents and explain to them what you would like to achieve by spending that day with their daughter. It doesn’t have to be all day; just a few hours would be fine. Respect the schedule of her parents and yours. Once you’ve received permission from both parents, it’s time to explain to the girl what being virtuous means, and ask her if she’d like to spend the day with you. Another great idea would be to involve the girl’s sisters! If both girls are at an age where they could understand and benefit from what you’re planning to talk about, ask the parents if you can take both girls for the day.

Talk to the girl(s) in a way she will understand. Give her ideas on how to be modest, to think before she speaks, and to remain calm and focused when agitated. For example, talk to her about praying to the Lord for relief and peace when she is angry, agitated, or sad. Talk to her about having a thankful heart and praising God in the happy times. This will (hopefully) help get her into a habit of praying to the Lord regularly, and will encourage her to have a reliance on God at a much younger age, therefore creating a closer relationship. If the young girl doesn’t understand something you’re talking about, try to come up with an example to show her what you mean.

By encouraging the younger generation, we’re helping to ensure the church’s future. The younger people (that are now kids to us) are the ones that are going to be responsible for spreading the gospel in the future. Their actions and how we encourage them to be godly will influence their decisions for the rest of their lives. We’re going to be the older, wiser people of the church that will be there for the younger ones even as we age. We all should be striving to the goal and challenge of keeping the church alive and interesting in the hearts of the younger people. Think of where we would be if someone hadn’t talked to us about Christ and showed us the true Light. Let’s encourage others to remain steadfast in being virtuous young women, just as someone else has encouraged us.

“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11

By: Alyssa Sturgill

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