Image Reflecting. Heroes are those who trust in God's plan.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
“For I know that plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Children often dream of being heroes of their own life story. They imagine hitting a game winning home run, or setting straight the schoolyard bully. But being a hero is not limited to such events. All kids can be heroes when they find themselves in the right place at the right time and they choose to do the right thing. Being heroic cannot be manufactured as Liz tries to do in this episode. That’s why it’s important to trust in God’s plan and timing, and be ready to act when He calls.
This is the first program in a six-part series about Liz and his desire to be a hero. In this series, we will see Liz learn what makes a true hero and how it’s different from what he sees on the superheroes television programs. In this episode, Grandpa tries to teach Liz two important truths: 1) that God has a plan for his life and 2) it takes time to find out what that plan is.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What TV show inspires Liz to become a hero?
A. Stupendous Heroes Theater.
Q. What items did Granny leave out on her porch?
A. Pots and pans.
Q. What does Liz think when he sees some kids take the items from Granny's house?
A. That they are robbers.
Q. Why does he try to stop them?
A. Because he wants to become a hero.
Q. What city is devastated by a flood?
A. Caiman City.
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.
What does it mean to reflect God’s image? What does it mean to be a hero? Think about and then share how being an image-reflector and how being a hero are the same. How are they different?
When we reflect God’s image, we are his image bearers, but being an image bearer isn’t something we DO. It is deeper than that. Image bearers are what we ARE. We are all image bearers of Christ! Think about it like a mirror –All the characteristics we admire in God are also within us – we are His reflection. People around us often form impressions of who God is by looking at God’s followers.
Being a hero means having courage and acting bravely. Heroes often have remarkable skills or abilities. A hero might be someone who saves the day or rescues someone one time. But Heroes can also live noteworthy lives and achieve great things. Heroes are often people that we admire.
Many image bearers are people that we can admire, just like heroes. Like heroes, image-bearers can do great things throughout their lives or save the day. However, heroes and image-bearers are not exactly the same. Not everyone can be the kind of hero that the world admires. We may not be physically strong or have remarkable skills. But everyone is an image bearer of God. As image-bearers we can distort that image by saying or doing negative things. But we can also reflect the best of Christ in this world with our encouraging words and acts of service. When our words and actions are Christ-like, we shine Christ’s light in a dark world, and then we are God’s kind of hero!