Idolatry-Discerning: Choosing role models carefully.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called..."
There are lots of people that our children admire. They are looking for people to be like, heroes to emulate. As a parent, you are looking for mentors for your children. They can be found within your own family, within your own neighborhood, and within your own church. Parents need the support of five other mentors for each of your children. These other adults can help be supports and encouragers for children. Parents need to be intentional and invite key people that reinforce the Christian principles that you want your child to see and emulate. If your child has only heroes from the media or from sports, that needs to change.
Just like your child and you, these people are also image-bearers of God and also sinners. Both things are true as your child finds mentors and heroes to admire. Look for coaches who can teach your child what it means to be a good player who understands sportsmanship. Point out the teachers who understand what it means to be a good communicator who respects others. Introduce your child to church members who can show your child what it means to be a strong Christian young person.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Where on his face did Liz get injured by the ground ball?
A. His forehead
Q. How did Shaffelhaffen break his toe?
A. He dropped a frozen water bottle on it.
Q. What’s the Golden Rule?
A. Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you.
Q. Where did Cole leave Liz’s glove?
A. He left it in the school field.
Q. At the end of the story, why did Liz admire Shaffelhaffen?
A. Shaffelhaffen did what was right and not the bad thing that his coach told him to do.
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 Psalm 143: 11, it says, “For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life.” In other words, “Lord let me live so people will praise you.” Give an example of how one person’s good behavior will lead someone else good behavior.
Children can give examples of how other do good things that show them that they too can do good things. Ask them to think of good deeds done by family members, coaches, teachers, and church members.