Several of my children are involved in a theater program called, “Christian Youth Theater.” It is for children ages 8-18. They put on some incredible performances three times each year. For the past few days, I have shared some of the lessons learned from Beauty and the Beast, which is now in production. Today, I want to share something in general about this organization.
One of the things that I have come to appreciate about this theater group is how hard they work to be an encouragement for all the children involved. One person told me one of the great things about this theater group is that “everybody wins.” It’s true. From the youngest to the oldest, when the play is successfully performed and all have done their best, everybody wins.
One of the ways that they foster encouragement is to have each of the cast members have a “sibling” to especially encourage during the show. My eight year-old daughter has a sixteen year-old, “sibling.” The above picture shows the encouraging note that she was sent after her first performance. This was a thoughtful note to share with my daughter. It’s a small representation of what is typical in this group.
With a world that is trying to beat you down, it is good to see a place that’s committed to building you up. “Encourage one another and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).