Yeah, Whatever

THEME

Servant-Working: Attitude

MEMORY VERSE

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

NOTES

“It doesn’t matter anyway.” Have you ever thought this or said it as you did a halfhearted job. Sometimes we think this because it really does matter to us, but we don’t want to be disappointed if it doesn’t work out the way we’d hoped. Sometimes we think think this when the job we are doing isn’t that important, so it doesn’t really matter how we do it.

But this is not an attitude that God wants us to have. God is in everything and any work we do is God’s work. When we recognize this and dedicate the work of our hands to him. then we cannot do our work halfheartedly. We will want to give our best because we are doing it for God. God deserves our best.

A negative attitude dishonors God. We confess that God is in control of everything. We are blessed with salvation through Jesus Christ. When we have a negative attitude toward life, we are saying that God isn’t doing a good job and that the love he’s shown us through Jesus isn’t good enough.  But we are called to faith, hope and love—not despair. Don’t give in to negativity. When we do, we dishonor God and ourselves.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What game did Liz want to play with Spike?
A. Mutant Sumo Boxing IX

Q. Why was Spike so glum?
A. Because his dad didn’t appreciate his work in the yard—he just criticized Spike for what he forgot to do.

Q. What were the names of the guys Grandpa told the story about?
A. Blinky and Beans.

Q. Why didn’t they get the job at the radio station?
A. Because of Blinky’s bad attitude.

Q. What was Blinky’s attitude?
A. Nothing matters.

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.

Q.

Is it true that nothing matters?

A.

No, this is not true. God tells us in the Bible that we are to do our best with whatever we are given to do (see memory verse). All work is God’s work--whether we are driving a truck, or taking a test, or cleaning the yard, or anything else, we are to do our best because we do it for God (Colossians 3:17, 23-24).


SO WHAT?

Do you have a chore that you really don’t like to do? Like taking out the trash, or citting the grass, or cleaning your room? Do you do it halfheartedly, telling yourself it really doesn’t matter? Next time you do it, remember that it does matter to God and do it well with a positive and cheerful attitude.
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