Nice Lizards Finish Last

THEME

Image-Reflecting: Being God's Workmanship

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Psalm 139:14

How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.

NOTES

A search on the web for articles on self-worth gave me this description (www.kidshealth.com)

“You can't touch it, but it affects how you feel. You can't see it, but it's there when you look at yourself in the mirror. You can't hear it, but it's there every time you talk about yourself. What is this important but mysterious thing? It's your self-esteem, your sense of self-worth! It's how much you value yourself and how important you think you are. Self-esteem isn't bragging about how great you are. It's more like quietly knowing that you're worth a lot (priceless, in fact!). It's not about thinking you're perfect — because nobody is — but knowing that you're worthy of being loved and accepted.”

This web site did not give a satisfactory answer to the basis of our value—we are valuable, but why?  What makes us valuable? All of us search for an answer to these questions, including our kids. And all of us look for the answers in all the wrong places. So much of our kid’s self-worth is derived from who their friends are, the clothes they wear, and the electronic devices they have. But we adults are no different. We often find ourselves finding our value of ourselves in the same things, what we look like, what we wear, where we live, where we vacation, who are friends are, what kind of job we have. But God’s message in the Bible is that our value comes from our relationship with God. We are created by God in his image. We are loved by God. We are empowered by God. Knowing this and believing and embracing it as the truth is where we find our self-worth. And this self-worth is something that no one can take away (1 Peter 2: 9, 10).


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What are the names of the two groups who are giving Liz trouble?
A. Iguanas and Sport-heads.

Q. What game did they play in PE?
A. Dodge ball.

Q. What the name of the club that Liz starts?
A. The Knights.

Q. What kind of club is it?
A. A chess club.

Q. What is the topic of the essay that Liz’s class had to write?
A. Why Terrene is such a great place to live.

Q. What is the name of the magazine that gave an award to Liz for his essay?
A. The Serene Terrene Magazine.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Read these verses with your family and discuss what they teach us about our self-worth: Romans 5:8, 8:1, 15-17, 31-39; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 2: 9-10; 4:10 – 11.


SO WHAT?

Think about the last time that you felt unhappy. What was the reason? How can you counteract that with what God says? Memorize Ephesians 2:10 as well as the memory verse for this episode. Next time you feel unhappy because you are comparing yourself with someone else, repeat the verse and use it to combat those bad feelings.
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