Community Building. Kindness puts others first.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
"Consider others better than yourselves." What does that mean? Does it mean to acknowledge that others actually are better than we are-better at their jobs, better persons, better mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends? Can it mean that they are more valuable than we are? Or does it mean that we consider others before ourselves-putting their needs and desires first, before our own?
Well, there are people who are better than we are at some things, maybe even most things. But we know from the Bible that this does not mean that they are more valuable than we are. Each person is loved and valued by God. Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that "we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Sometimes our children think that they are only valuable if they are better than others. But we need to tell and show them that they are valuable simply because they are loved by us and by God. And they are valuable because God has created thme for a purpose, a purpose that only they can fill. God's love is given to us out of his grace, not our behavior (Romans 5:8). Therefore, we have no reason to think we are better than anyone else. We are not better, we are loved. And because we are loved we can put others first, adopting the humility that Christ himself demonstrated.
Romans 12:3 adds to our understanding of this verse when it says,
"Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him" (The Message)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who finds Scooter?
A. Liz and Morrie.
Q. What is Morrie afraid of?
A. A big animal called "Bigtail."
Q. What happened to him?
A. He slid down a mineshaft while walking in the woods.
Q. What did Scooter find at the bottom of the shaft?
A. Bones from some kind of ancient animal.
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.