Community-Building: Catching kindness.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The Lord’s servants must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone.
What does it mean to be kind? The dictionary uses words like thoughtful, forbearing, gentle, and considerate when it defines kindness. Kindness doesn't come naturally to human beings. In fact, "be kind" is a frequently heard reminder to children from parents who want their children to be kind and thoughtful of others. The Bible doesn't make kindness optional for those who follow Jesus. Instead we are told to "clothe ourselves with kindness" (Colossians 3:12). What would we look like if we wore kindness like we do a shirt or a dress?
Like most things, kindness is caught, more than it's taught. As parents, are we kind to our children? Do our children see us acting kindly toward others-neighbors, friends, parents, store clerks, etc.? The Bible tells us that kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), so we aren't left on our own to develop or demonstrate kindness. God promises the Holy Spirit to all followers of Jesus. Have you asked the Spirit to increase your kindness lately?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What happens to Lucille and her mom as they are driving?
A. Their car stalls in a rain storm.
Q. What happened to the trash in Morrie’s garage?
A. A fire started in the trash bin.
Q. Why was Scooter staying at Liz’s house?
A. His mom and dad went out of town to look for a job.
Q. Where did Liz and Spike take Scooter?
A. To the water park.
Q. Why does Scooter run away?
A. Because Liz is so unkind to him.
Q. Where do they find Scooter?
A. Safe and warm in a shelter in the woods.
Q. Who had dinner at Lucille’s house?
A. A stranger named Gabe.
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.
Describe what you think it means to be kind. Do you think that God is kind? Can you think of examples of God’s kindness in your own life? Look up these verses with your family and talk about God’s kindness. Titus 3:4-7; Isaiah 54:8; Jeremiah 9:24, 31:3; Acts 14:17.