Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a superhero. Most of the time, it’s like they act without a single ounce of fear. They see a problem and without thinking they jump to the rescue to save the day, conquering evils and injustices in their tracks.
But I’m not a superhero. In fact, none of us will ever be a superhero or have some super-human power from an alien planet or radioactive spider bite. But with or without the super powers, we will face moments in our lives when it feels like the odds will not be in our favor, the obstacles will seem overwhelming, and we will have to overcome that which seems impossible. And when those moments happen, where will we find the courage we need to face the everyday enemies or evils in life?
In truth, we’re all called to do heroic things every day. And those moments can be scary.
One of the most difficult things we will ever learn to overcome is fear. In fact, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to become completely fearless. That’s why our goal as leaders and parents should be to help our children not become paralyzed by those fears, but learn what to do in the face of them.
That’s why we’re taking the month of October to discover what God says about courage as—being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid.
Think about that—even when you’re afraid. The truth is, you WILL be afraid. So, the question is, when fear is present, where do you find the courage to stand up, or push through, or keep going?
The Bible is filled with passages reminding us that we can and should be strong and courageous.
Throughout the Psalms, we find that God is our refuge and strength. We can put our trust in Him because He will deliver us.
Paul, in his letters to the churches, tells us to be anxious for nothing, to be strong in the Lord, and to remember that if God is for us nothing can stand against us.
Jesus comforts us when He tells His disciples they have nothing to fear in this troubled world because He has overcome the world.
Our goal as parents and leaders is not to raise superheroes, but to raise everyday heroes. We want our children to grow up facing the world with a different kind of courage—courage to stand up against the bully, courage to speak out for the sake of others who may not have a voice, courage to refuse to do the wrong thing even though the crowd seems to be pushing them in that direction.
We need our children to understand, because they believe and trust in God, they have a unique source of strength and courage. There will be times when we’re going to be afraid. But we can trust in a God that is bigger than us. And put our hope in a God who is with us and is in control of every situation. Because of God, we can find the strength to be courageous, every day heroes.
This month we’ll take a look at some everyday heroes from the Old Testament, men and women who had no superpowers except for the fact that they knew God had a mission for them and they trusted in His promise to always be with them. We can’t wait to hear how God shows up in the lives of families and kids when they study these stories, trust God, and show courage in the situations they face.
For our Elementary friends:
In Exodus 2:1-10, we discover that Moses was born during a time when Pharaoh feared that God’s people would overthrow his reign. He enslaved them and commanded that all of the Hebrew baby boys be killed. Moses’ mother and sister wouldn’t obey Pharaoh’s decree. They had courage to keep Moses alive. God rescued him with help from Pharaoh’s own daughter who ended up bringing him to live in the palace and raising him as an Egyptian.
Bottom Line: You can do what you should even when you don’t know what will happen next. Most of the time our fear comes from assuming something about the future that may or may not happen. Courage doesn’t mean our fear is gone. Rather, courage is choosing to act even though we are afraid. We’ll never know what will happen next, but we can trust God to give us the strength we need to move forward.
For our Preschool friends:
This month is all about one man, one GREAT adventure. This month we’re talking about Moses! What a guy. What a life. What an adventure! God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. (You don’t see that every day.) And, Moses watched God part a sea. (You don’t see that every day either!)
Think about all that Moses would have missed if he had said “no” to God’s plan?
No pillar of cloud in the day.
No fire at night to guide him.
No water from a rock when he was thirsty.
No leading God’s people.
He would have missed out on the greatest adventure he could have ever imagined. One thing is for sure, we don’t want you or your preschoolers to miss out on one moment of the great adventure God has planned for you and them. That’s why we have filled an entire month with activities and stories and music that will help us all remember that God’s way is perfect. That’s right
God’s way is perfect! God’s way is right! God’s way is awesome! And, God will show us the way.
Here’s this week’s lessons: (3rd graders are in week 2 of Learning My Bible)