Image-Reflecting: True Heroes
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 Those whose walk is blameless,
who do what is righteous,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
3 who have no slander on their tongues,
who do their neighbors no wrong,
who cast no slur on others;
4 who despise those whose ways are vile
but honor whoever fears the LORD;
who keep their oaths even when it hurts;
5 who lend money to the poor without interest
and do not accept bribes against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
Who is your hero? Do you even have a hero? What is it about your hero that attracts you? Some of the heroes of today are people whose lives are less than heroic. And that can make us forget what makes a true hero in God’s eyes. Some of my heroes are people who maintain a positive faith even when life hands them a bad deal. They are those who choose to trust in God and believe in his promises even when everything in their lives defies such optimism.
Can others look to you as their hero? Does your life serve as a positive influence for Christ? We know that all the good that we are, and the good that we can do is only because of God’s grace and power in our lives. Pray for God to bring true heroes of faith into the lives of your children, and make sure that your life is one that your children can be proud of and they can look at you as one of their heroes.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of Granny Gecko’s grandfather?
A. Connor Gecko.
Q. Who was assigned to write a newspaper article about him?
Q. What did Connor do that the town was celebrating?
A. He was a war hero in the Great Snake War.
Q. Was Connor happy about the celebration?
Q. What did he do to try to stop the celebration?
A. He sent anonymous notes to the paper claiming that Connor was a fraud.
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.
In Hebrews 11 we find a list of heroes of faith found throughout the Bible. Read this through and make a list of those character traits that make a hero in God’s eyes. Here are some to get you started:
V.1 – Being sure of what one hopes for and certain of what we do not see.
V.5 — One who pleases God.
V.7 & 8 – Is obedient.
V. 10, 13, 39 – Looks forward to heaven and a future with God.
V. 11 & 19– Considers God to be faithful to his promises.
A theme of this chapter is believing in the invisible. These heroes of faith let their faith in God’s promises be the guiding light of their lives. Their eyes were always fixed on the future with God—this made the past forgiven and the present meaningful and easier to bear.
Another Bible hero is Daniel. Read Daniel 1 – 6 and notice how his commitment to God guided all his actions and brought honor to God.