In May, we have been explaining something to kids about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. In other words, you can choose to be happy because of what God has actually given you. You can choose to shift your focus away from what you don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life you have. When you trust Him with your life, you become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to you.
See, when it comes right down to it, contentment is a heart issue. It can’t be solved by getting the thing that’s off-limits, the thing that someone else has, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs each day.
When you teach kids to see their life as a gift from God it sets them up for a life of contentment and fulfillment. There will be no reason to be distracted by what others have, or what’s off limits, or what we had in the past. And when all of us really trust God, we will be content with exactly what He has put in our box for today and won’t worry about the future.
For our elementary aged kids:
This week we’ll take a look at Luke 12:13-21 and a story Jesus told about a rich fool. He was so focused on getting more and more that he missed out on opportunities to help others around him. We don’t want kids growing up so focused on their stuff that they miss out on what matters most: loving God and loving each other.
Bottom Line: When you focus on stuff, you can miss what matters. It’s not bad to have nice things. But when having those things and getting more of those things becomes all you think about, we may need to evaluate something. We can become so focused on our stuff that we miss out on the relationships we have. We pray kids will start to discover how to prioritize what matters most.
Our Memory Verse is Philippians 4:12b (NIrV), “I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough.” Sometimes it’s difficult for us to focus on what matters. With all of the voices out there telling us we should do, own, or wear, it’s hard to hear God’s voice telling us to focus on Him and trust Him with the details of our life. We forget that Christ is our strength. We should lean into Him when we’re not feeling content.
For our preschoolers:
Hello, First Look Friends!
Is there anything more precious that watching two three-year-old friends walking around the room doing everything together? They don’t care if they’re a different gender, race, or socio-economic level. They just know they enjoy each other’s company, and that they’re “Better Together.” It’s a joy to watch.
God gave us a very precious gift when He gave us the gift of friendship, and we’re celebrating that all month long. We’re even having a friendship day party at the very end of the month.
While we celebrate friendship, your preschoolers will hear about David and Jonathan. Their story is one of the greatest friendship stories ever told and truly teaches us all what friendship is all about. Our preschoolers will hear that friends do lots of fun things together. We eat together and play together. Friends take care of one another too. And, friends help one another. Finally, friends praise God together.
It’s a month full of friendship!*
Please find below the links to this week’s lessons:
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