Servant-Working: Never give up
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Perseverance-this is a big word for kids. But the concept is important for kids as well as adults. Kids need to persevere in good behavior at school-even when they are having a bad day; or in being part of a team-even when they don't get to play; or in doing their homework-even when they don't think they'll ever understand fractions; or in practicing a musical instrument-even when they are tired of playing the same song over and over again.
The Bible tells us to run with perseverance the race marked out for us. The race marked out for followers of Jesus is the race of discipleship. This race will take place in different contexts-such as school, home, work, and church; and circumstances-sick or healthy, rich or poor. But when our behavior in all these contexts and circumstances consistently brings honor to God, then at the end of our lives, we, like Paul, can say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7). And those who persevere will hear their Father say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:33).
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. This episode has three stories about perseverance. Can you name them?
A. Tommy and Harry, Lizard of the Lake, and Pheidippides.
Q. How did Tommy win the race with Harry?
A. He kept moving, even though he was slower, he didn't stop.
Q. How did Petey save his city from flooding?
A. He stayed at the dike all night, plugging up the leak with his tail, until help could come.
Q. What did Pheidippides do that showed perseverance?
A. Even after he had run from Athens to Sparta and back, he went to the battlefield, fought in the battle, and then ran back to Athens to bring them the news of the Greek victory.
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.
In this episode Chamy defines perseverance as ""steady and continued action or belief; usually over a long period and especially despite difficulties or setbacks." Discuss this definition. Do you agree or disagree?
In addition to your reasons, here are a few more: Because our Father's reputation is at stake. When we keep on believing, even when the evidence suggests otherwise; when we keep on loving, even when we are persecuted; when we keep on working hard, even when the job is "menial" and "unimportant," we show the world that God is trustworthy for all that he has promised. Perseverance says that we are trusting in God, not our circumstances. (Matthew 5:16, 2 Peter 1:5-11, Noah - Genesis 6)
Perseverance also gives us occasion to share the reason for our hope and the source of our strength. We do not hope because of what we can accomplish; we hope because of what God has accomplished. We do not keep on running on our own strength; we run on the energy of Holy Spirit's presence in our lives. (1 Peter 1:3-9, 2:12, 3:15; Isaiah 40:28-31, Luke 22:43, Matthew 4:11) Finally, when we persevere we will receive the reward of eternal life (Revelation 2:10c).