Image-Reflecting: Trying to be perfect.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
I am sure that the One who began a good work in you will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.
Have you ever made a resolution only to fail in carrying it out? Have you ever promised God you'll do better, and found that you weren't able to do what you hoped to do, or be who you hoped to be? It's pretty discouraging, isn't it?
Liz, Lucille, and Scooter each have good intentions, and make good resolutions. But none of them is able to meet the challenge of their good intentions. For Scooter, this is especially discouraging because he thinks that God will only care about him if he does well and never fails. So when Scooter fails, he figures that God really doesn't want to have anything to do with him.
Our failings as Christians are not meant to drive us away from God. Rather, they are meant to help us to see our dependency on God and to experience His mercy and forgiveness. God doesn't reject us when we fail. Instead, He assures us that He will continue to work in us and for us until we become like Jesus (Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did Grandpa Anole challenge the kids to do?
A. To do something that shows that they are growing in their faith.
Q. What did Liz, Lucille, and Scooter choose to do?
A. Liz — read the Bible more; Lucille — pray more; and Scooter — be better behaved.
Q. What was Scooter's cousin's name?
Q. How did Scooter do with this challenge?
A. Not too well - he lost his temper at the baseball game; he fell into his neighbor's bushes; he was disrespectful to his mother.
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.