Theme: Kindness puts others first.
1. Philippians 2:3-4 says that you should care about others “as much as you care about” yourself. What does that mean? How is that different from what you hear on TV and the Internet?
2. Would you be surprised if a leader of an important country (President or Prime Minister) showed up at your house one day and helped you clean your room and pull weeds in your yard? Of course you would! Their time doing their job is more important for them to be doing than the work you could/should be doing. Jesus Christ is God. After all, he created the world (Colossians 1:16). But he loves us so much that he came to earth as a servant, and died on the cross for our sins. He humbled himself. He became human and suffered hunger and thirst and beatings. He is God, but he gave himself for us. Think about what it means to put others’ interests above your own as you listen to today’s episode.
“Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves.”
In this episode, Liz and Morrie talk about how much they like Scooter. They decide to be nicer to him—and then they find him in a mineshaft.
You’ve learned that you should treat others as though they are better than you. This isn’t easy to do. Sometimes others do things that make them hard to love. If you try to be kind to them just because you know you should, you’ll find it difficult. Ephesians 5:1-2 tells us that Christ died for us “as a sacrifice that pleases God.” Whatever we do for others, we should do it, not for us or for them, but for God.
Use the divided paper you made for the last episodes, or make a new one using the directions below.
[Divide a piece of paper into thirds. Label one section "Iron", one "Silver", and one "Golden". Choose one of these scenarios, or think of one you have seen or experienced.
Draw or write three possibilities for how to respond. Iron is unkind. Silver is nice, but not the best. Golden is how you would want to be treated.]
Imagine that Jesus is the person in the scenario you chose. Knowing what he has done for you, how would you choose to respond? In Matthew 25:40, Jesus talks about doing good things for others: “Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.” Treat people as you want to be treated, but also as if you were doing things for Jesus himself.