As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. – Proverbs 25:13
Have you ever been in a conversation with another girl when she began talking about how much she didn’t like some decision her parents had made? Or how unhappy she was with something that her teacher did? Or maybe you have been tempted to discuss these ideas with friends or brothers and sisters? Those are great opportunities for you to demonstrate the character trait of loyalty.
Loyalty is using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to God and to those whom He has called me to serve. It’s an important character quality for each of us to put into practice in our lives, especially from an early age. Just like your parents serve the Lord and need to be faithful and loyal to Him, you can demonstrate your loyalty to God by faithfully serving your parents and those who are in authority over you.
That means that it’s your job to know what your parents expect from you and to do it cheerfully! When it becomes difficult to serve them or maybe when you just don’t really feel like obeying, you can demonstrate loyalty by doing it anyway. When your parents or teacher or pastor has a need in their life, why not look for a way to meet it? Write them a note of encouragement, or think of a way to be a special blessing to your mom or dad while they are sick. It might mean that you have to change your schedule or what you had planned to do that afternoon. But loyalty will cause you to go out of your way to be a refreshment to them and put their needs first.
Loyalty also means being a faithful messenger and representative to those you are serving. When your parents give you a job to do, you must be careful to do it completely. Always seek to speak well of your family, friends, church, and teachers. Avoid conversations where others are mocking or “talking down” those in authority. Instead, look for ways to encourage and serve your parents, teachers, and pastor. A special way that you, as a young girl, can be loyal to your family is by surprising them with a kind note or coming up with a fun activity that your family can do together, especially when they are discouraged or going through a hard time.
Here are some verses about loyalty for you to study with your mother:
I Corinthians 15:58
The King’s daughter is loyal to her Father! When you demonstrate this important character quality, you are showing that you are becoming all glorious within!