Family Discipleship for Sunday, January 17

January Theme:
RESPONSIBILITY—showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.

January Memory Verse:
“Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large.” Luke 16:10a (NIrV)

We’ve had a super-fun month so far, playing games and talking about responsibility!

Responsibility is showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.

When you’re playing your favorite board game, you need to make sure you understand the rules and follow them so you can play your best. It’s like that in real life, too. We’ve uncovered a few important Rules for Life that will help us play well and finish strong.

Say: The Proverbs are a great source of wisdom for us, even today. They give us some really helpful Rules for Life! One of Solomon’s proverbs explained why it’s important for us to work hard. Check it out.

Read from our passage today: Proverbs 6:6-8

Worship & Story Video:

Family discussion and prayer

Say: An ant might seem like an unusual choice to inspire us to work hard. But if you take a closer look at ants, you’ll see why Solomon chose this busy little insect as his example.

Ask: Did you know that there are about one MILLION ants on Earth for every single human? That means there are. . . a LOT of ants.

Say: Like Solomon said, nobody gives ants a set of rules to follow. Nobody offers them an allowance or more screen time if they finish their work. God made them in such an incredible way that they stick with the job that needs to be done. They always give it their very best effort.

Say: Oh—and ants may be small, but wow, are they mighty! Some ants can lift up to FIFTY TIMES their own weight. If YOU were that strong, you would be able to lift an entire car! Ants use that super strength to store up their food.

Say: Ants are incredibly resourceful too. In times of flooding, ants will even protect the queen ant by forming a lifeboat with their own bodies!

Say: Ants do whatever it takes to gather the food they need and to keep their colony safe. They know how to get the job done—and they do it with only about 250,000 brain cells.

Say: That sounds like a lot. But guess how many brain cells YOU have? (Pause for response.) About 10 MILLION!

Say: God has given you EVERYTHING you need to work hard. He’s given you strength, intelligence, and creativity. Each and every one of us is made in His image! And because God has given us so much, He expects more of us, too.

Say: Like Jesus once said . . . Open the Bible to Luke 12:48 (NIrV) and read. “Much will be required of everyone who has been given much.”

You are smart and strong. You have a brain that works like no one else’s. You have gifts and talents that make it possible for you to do exactly what God puts in your path to accomplish. You are determined. And most of all, you’re made in God’s image!

Ask: So what does that mean for you . . . to know that you’re made in God’s image, to know that He made you strong, smart, and creative?

Say: It means that you work hard. You do whatever it takes to show love to God and to the people He’s made. You give your best effort to help others, every day.

Pray: God, thank You for creating us to do good things—and thank You for giving us everything we need to accomplish them. We know that we can honor You when we choose to work hard, and we can also show Your love to other people. Help us work hard at every task You give us to do. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Something Fun to Do: Checkers Review Game

What You Need: “Checkers Review Questions” PDF download, Game of Checkers (you can make one if you don’t have it! or use the Review questions with a different board game you DO have.)

What You Do: To move their piece, a child (or team depending on how many kids you have!) must first answer a question from the “Checkers Review Questions” page. If a team answers correctly, they get to move, otherwise they lose their opportunity.

An alternative is that if the team misses a question, they can recite the memory verse in order to keep their turn and make their move. Continue play from black team to red team, having kids answer questions and play checkers.

Play as many rounds as time allows. If your group doesn’t know how to play checkers, or if you need a quick refresher, here are the rules: https://bit.ly/2ZYsPCL

Say: We just heard of a lot of ways to work hard. But working hard doesn’t only involve using our bodies for exercise and labor, like taking out the trash or riding a skateboard. We can also work hard with our minds and even our emotions. You use your mind to work hard when you learn things at school, notice the world around you as you walk or bike around your neighborhood, or problem solve in a video game.

Say: You use your emotions to work hard when you show kindness to someone who hasn’t been that kind to you, or when you stay calm in an emergency so that other people won’t panic. When you share your feelings so that your family or friends can understand you, that’s emotionally hard work, too.

Ask: What are some other times when you’ve used your mind or emotions to work hard?

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