Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. . . I can do everything by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
What does it mean to be content? Does it mean that we don't try to get an education, or a better job? No, that's not it. To be content means to have an inner peace that no matter what our circumstances are, we trust that God is in them, will work through them, and will provide for all our needs. The secret to contentment is the strength God gives us through Christ to accept, to trust, to rest. We don't generate contentment on our own. God works it in us by his Spirit. The key to contentment is gratitude. When we are tempted to be unhappy with what we have, or with what we don't have, making a list of all the things that we do have, and thanking God for them, can do wonders for our state of mind and heart.
Now how does that translate to the world of children? Children face the same temptation to be discontent as adults-their friends or classmates have bigger houses, more exciting vacations, the latest toys, a room of their own, nicer clothes, more friends, better grades. Let's face it there will always be someone who has more than you do. It's never too early to teach the habit of gratitude. For discontent, it's the most effective antidote.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did the Trapper catch?
A. An enchanted toad.
Q. What could the enchanted toad do?
A. Grant their wishes.
Q. Why did the Trapper’s wife end up living in a mud hole?
A. Because she was never satisfied.
Q. What did Herculiz want?
A. He wanted to do something else besides grow vegetables.
Q. What did he end up doing?
A. After trying different things he realized that he didn’t want to change after all—so he went back to growing vegetables.
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 does God like it when we are content?
Because it shows him that we are thankful for what he has given us, and that we trust him to take care of all our needs. (See Philippians 4:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Hebrews 13:5)
Read these thankfulness verses together as a family: Psalm 100; Psalm 7:17, 28:7, 30:12, 35:18, 75:1, 118:28, 136:1.