Community-Building: How blessed are you?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Be content with what you have.
What is your contentment quotient? The dictionary says that contentment is satisfaction. If you are satisfied with your circumstances, your gifts, your abilities, your opportunities, you are content. Looking over the list of antonyms for contentment there are words like displeasure, dissatisfaction, or unhappiness. If you are not content you are unhappy; if you are content you are happy, even when you don’t have everything that you want to have.
But contentment is more than being happy or satisfied. It is being at rest. When we are content we are resting in God’s care. There is a quietness in our spirit that even when we are working hard and trying to achieve something, we do it with a quiet listening spirit that trusts in God’s direction.
There are people who are content with a little; and those who are discontent with a lot. It’s all in the attitude. So how do you cultivate the right attitude? Paul says in Philippians 4:11 that he has learned the secret of being content. It isn’t having all the things that you want. It isn’t even having all the things that you need. He says,
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything though him who gives me strength. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 11-13, 19).
Do you see what the secret to contentment is? It’s trusting in God to meet all your needs, and relying on the strength that God gives when you waver. God knows what your circumstances are. God cares about your needs. Trust in God and your contentment quotient will grow.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Name three things that go wrong for Liz.
A. The basketball courts are torn up for construction of new burger barn; the family car breaks down; and Spike might move away.
Q. Who comes to Daddy Oh’s and annoys Liz?
A. An old lizard who comes in at the end of every day for a cup of coffee.
Q. What does Lucille suggest they do for fun?
A. Have a monkey bar race like they did when they were in grade school.
Q. Who fixes the Lacerta car and offers Liz a job?
A. The Burger Barn president.
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.
What can increase our contentment?
Knowing God. When we know that God loves us, is faithful to us, keeps his promises, and cares about our circumstances and concerns, then we can be at rest, we can trust in God and be content with our lives. Do a word study of the word “trust” in the Psalms. How does this increase your contentment quotient?