Image-Reflecting: Christ is the real hero.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Heroes and role models are important for our children to have in today’s society. Children take their cues from the grown-ups they see around them. A boy is likely to become the kind of man he sees around him. A boy does not naturally become a gentleman. A boy needs role models of healthy masculinity just as girls need role models of healthy femininity. And all children need Christian role models in their lives. We can’t assume that our children will become Christian gentlemen and Christian ladies just naturally.
Children might not choose the right path unless they are guided. Left to their own devices, not many children will choose broccoli and Brussels sprouts over French fries and ice cream. That’s why they have and need parents. It’s the job of the parent to guide their son or daughter to make the right choices. We give leadership, guidance, and help define for children what it means to be a man, a woman and a Christian.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What movie did Lucille and Julia prefer?
A. They liked The Diaries of the Toad Princess.
Q. What is the name of the movie reviewer about which Liz talks?
A. His name is Jimmy Toescales
Q. What is the name of the evil villain in the movie?
A. His name is Mr. Rex.
Q. Why did Spike and Liz not show up for Grandpa’s church play?
A. They were extras in the movie.
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.
1. Choose a person that you admire in your church, family, neighborhood or school. Explain the qualities that they have that you admire.
2. Choose a hero from books, movies or media and explain how they are different and how they are the same as the real person.
3. Finally, choose a person from the Bible who served the Lord. Explain how this person is the same and different from the others.
We all have different role models and heroes. Media heroes have big lives and their actions have quick and important impacts on those around them. Real life role models live each day doing good things and making a difference where they are. In scripture and today, God doesn’t choose qualified people; he chooses people to qualify. These heroes include a puny David, a whiny Elijah and a Moses full of excuses. Here’s a good place to remember that God is the main character of his rescue plan for his people.