Idolatry-Discerning: What is God’s will for us?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Figuring out what right can be tough. What’s better playing sports, reading books, talking to your friends, or watching television? Which one would you choose?
Sports are good, right? What if you trained after school every day and practiced every evening and played tournaments every weekend? Some people do that, and it’s difficult to read or do homework.
Reading books is good, right? What if you stayed in your room day after day, entering into a fictional world? Reading book one of a series leads you easily to book two and so on. Some people do that, and it’s difficult to take time and enjoy friends and family.
Talking to friends is good, right? What if you were constantly texting your friends to talk, skypeing them in your bedroom late at night or needing to check out their latest Facebook post or picture? Some people do that, and it is difficult find some downtime to relax.
Watching television is good, right? What if you sat in front of the television for ten hours in one day, binge watched one show episode after episode?
The memory verse asks us to test what we do by asking “What is God’s will for us?” He cares for us and wants the best for us. When we make choices, we need to ask: Is this a good thing? Will this activity please God? How will this activity serve God? How will this activity serve others? Every time we choose, we choose to serve God or not serve God. In prayer, in Bible reading, in talking with our parents, we can learn what God calls us to do.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. How many hours of television does Cole watch each day?
A. Six hours a day.
Q. How does Chamy and Julia track Liz and Spike?
A. They use the “Trail the Scales” phone app.
Q. How did Scooter find out about the television?
A. Spike had put it on his Gecko page.
Q. What is Julia’s favorite channel?
A. The camping channel
Q. At what time are the gang playing a video game?
A. They are playing at midnight.
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.
Make a list about what’s good about one of your favorite things to do, for example, playing sports, reading books, talking with friends or watching television. Explain ways in which this activity serves God and serves others.
One way to ask children about the choices they make is to ask them what’s appropriate for children younger than themselves. Sometimes this can lead children in understanding the merits or detriments of their choices. Another way is to ask them about Christian adult mentors that they admire. Perhaps it’s a grandparent or family friend. Explore with your child the follow example questions: What would your grandfather say about that song you are listening to? What would your teacher say about this show we are watching? Remember not to do this with only the shows and music that you don’t want your children interacting. Encourage this conversation about the good activities and media with which your child is interested.