May 15, 2017


By: Kate Underwood [Dekalb, IL]

I never thought of myself as one of the popular kids. I had good friends, but I was shy.

The year I turned ten, my family and friends threw me a surprise party for my birthday. The party was held at my best friend’s house. I can still remember all the girls in my class running down the stairs, yelling “Surprise!” To top it all off, my best gift, besides the party, was a sweet little striped kitten. I named him Tigger and loved him instantly.

I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

That birthday was unique. I treasure it in my memory because it made me feel special. Lots of people cared for me and worked hard to plan the surprise. When have people given you a party or a unique gift to make you feel special or to show how much they care?

REFLECT: I struggle with understanding the definition partying has acquired. It seems to be associated with alcohol, loud vulgar music, inappropriate dancing, maybe drugs or sex. But think about birthday parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, wedding parties, friendly get-togethers. How can you help change the definition by planning parties that show others how wonderful they are?

Levi Himes [Indianapolis, IA]

Take Some Advice

Remember that you don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun. Search for other people who have the same idea of a genuine good time that you’ll all remember in the morning.


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