Image-Reflecting: Accomplishing a task.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Have you ever been tempted to give up on doing something that just isn't working? Sometimes giving up is the wise thing to do, but not always. Sometimes God wants us to persevere, to stand firm in what he has given us to do, even when there doesn't seem to be any results. Many years ago the organization that produces Kids Corner began a ministry in the Arabic language. For three years there was no response, not a letter, or a phone call, nothing to indicate that the work was reaching anyone. But the pastor and the organization persevered and today there continues to be a Christian radio ministry in Arabic. And every day there are letters, text messages, and emails that indicate that the message is making a difference. Because they stood firm, their labor was not in vain. Today, in an environment that is hostile to Christianity the message continues, lives are changed, and maybe even history will be affected.
Teaching children to persevere is an important life skill. It not only helps them to accomplish something that is difficult, it builds confidence in their ability to take on challenging tasks. Next time your child is tempted to give up on a difficult task, don't be too quick to jump in to help them. Instead encourage them to persevere, assure them of your belief in their ability to accomplish the task, remind them to look to God for help, and applaud them when they succeed.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What are the names of Morrie, Chamy, and Lucille’s programs?
A. "A Minute with Morrie," "Science and You," and "What's Bothering You?"
Q. What country does Evan live in?
Q. What does Evan ask Liz to do?
A. Come to Ireland and help start an internet radio station.
Q. How do they raise the money they need to make the trip?
A. They ask their listeners for donations.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why is it important to God that we “stand firm?”
When we stand firm we do what God himself does for us. He stood firm in his resolve to rescue us from sin (John 3:16). He stands firm in his love for us (Romans 8:38, 39). He perseveres in his promise to restore his creation to the goodness it once had before the Fall (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 21).