Have you ever walked through your local grocery store and noticed the potential just sitting on the shelves?
You can head down one aisle and discover spices from around the world.
Over in the produce stands, you can find the ripest apples, cartons of blueberries, maybe even some obscure Dragon Fruit.
Not to mention all of the staples on another aisle: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk.
Incredible ingredients that will sit there and go bad unless someone takes them home and creates something delicious.
You can speculate all day about the potential in that grocery store, but until there is some type of response to what you believe can really happen, it’s just potential. In other words, with the right kind of response, faith in a process I can’t fully understand, and a big mess of dishes, those ingredients could turn into warm, sticky-sweet, apple cobbler goodness. But if those ingredients just sit there, even though they have incredible potential, the flour will just stay powdery and tasteless. The butter will soften. And those apples will turn brown. In fact, if you do nothing, they will lose their potential and turn into something that just makes your trash smell bad.
Think about someone’s life, with all of the God-given, God-created ingredients. You have time, talents, opportunities, words, and resources. The point is, we can choose to either respond to what God has given us or we can ignore it. One of the most powerful things leaders and parents can do is to inspire their children to trust that God can do amazing things through the abilities He’s given them. Kids should grow up knowing that their faith in God’s ability to do that, can profoundly affect how they view and respond to their unique potential.
That’s why our elementary kids are taking September to look more closely at what the Bible has to say about responsibility. We define responsibility as: Showing you can be trusted by what you say and do.
In Week 2, we’ll look at 1 Kings 19:16-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15. Elijah was nearing the end of his work as God’s prophet. God chose Elisha to carry on the work. But first, Elisha had some things to learn.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted to lead by learning how to follow. We all want to lead, but we need to learn from our leaders before we can be in charge.
Our memory verse this month is Luke 16:10a, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (NIV) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.
God has created everyone with potential: talents, time, resources, opportunities. And we can either respond to God with our abilities in a way that honors Him, or we can waste what He has given. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond with your abilities. And we want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God’s given them, but also how to respond to God’s ability to work through them to change the world around them.
For this week, use these conversations starters:
Ask a kid: Do you think God cares how we treat the things He created? Why or why not?
Ask a parent: What problem do you see around us that we can be a part of the solution?
Want to talk more with your kids about responsibility? Use these tools:
Parent CUE App: Centered around a monthly topic, this app sends weekly CUEs that remind us to connect with our kids whether at home or on the go Studio252.tv: A family web site that helps us make the most of everyday moments at home to build a spiritual legacy in our family
For our preschoolers, how often do we throw out the words, “I’ve got it”? More often than we’ve actually got it, I would think. You know who’s actually “got it”? God. God’s got it. He is everywhere and has power over everything. That’s what we want our preschoolers to learn this month. No matter what’s going on, God’s got it.
This week they’ll hear the story of Moses and the burning bush and learn that God has the power to speak to them. We’ll continue with Moses and tell the story of the pillars of clouds and fire next week to show our preschoolers that God has the power to show us the right way to go. And finally, we’ll close the month with the super amazing story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego where preschoolers will learn that God is so powerful that He can always be with them. Always. And, because He’s always there, He’s always got it!
Who’s got it?
God loves me.
God’s got it.
We want your child to always remember that God is with him wherever he goes. Getting in the car is the perfect time to teach this truth and practice this month’s memory verse. Each time you get in the car tell your child, “We’re going to the [name of place]. God is with us at the [name of place] because ‘God is with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9.” Keep doing this all month long, and before you know it, your child will truly believe that God is with him wherever he goes!
Interested in connecting with a community of parents just like you? Visit www.TheParentCue.org and see how others are not just surviving, but thriving during these parenting years.
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For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
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