Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done.
This episode asks the question, what do you do when you want to quit? When things get hard, or go against us, it is a very natural response to just quit. It's too hard to learn fractions, or it's too hard to run an extra distance, or it's too hard to be nice to my sister or brother, or to learn to play this instrument, or to write this essay, or to memorize this Bible verse.
To persevere is to be faithful, and the most important area where we want to show perseverance is developing habits of faith. Bible intake, prayer, and service are ways that we show ourselves faithful, ways that our faith grows strong so that we can stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). When we persevere to the end, we will hear our Savior say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).
Children need to learn to press on when things get hard. That way they become strong in faith and in character so that they can stand firm. Some biblical examples they can follow are Daniel, Joseph, Esther, Paul, and Jesus. Thankfully, Jesus did not quit when He faced the cross, and by persevering, He made it possible for us to persevere and to gain the prize He has promised, eternal life with Jesus Christ (Philippians 2: 8-10, Isaiah 40: 28-31, Hebrews 12:1-3).
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why did the coach say Liz had to sit out a game?
A. Because Liz did not come to practice with a clean uniform.
Q. What did Liz do when the coach told him he couldn't play?
A. He stayed at home and he decided to quit the team.
Q. What did the coach say when Liz didn't show up for the game?
A. That even if he couldn't play, Liz should have come to support his team.
Q. What made Liz change his mind about quitting?
A. He had a dream about all the people of Terrene and even God quitting.
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 God give us that helps us to persevere?
God gives us the Holy Spirit who lives in us and helps us to know and do the right thing (John 14: 15-27; 16: 5-15). Jesus prays for us (Romans 8:26-27, 34). Our church community encourages us (Hebrews 10: 24-25).