Chasing Wisdom

Run a race with balloons. Make a starting point and a finish line (about 15 feet apart). Give each person a balloon and line up everyone on the finish line. At the signal to go, each one must blow air into his balloon and then let it go. Wherever it lands is where he/she must run and do the same thing over and over until one person’s balloon crosses the finish line.

Solomon, a very wise man said that chasing the world’s ideas is like chasing the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:17.) If we get what we believe from TV or other people, they may or may not be right. What are some wrong things others might tell us? (God doesn’t care what you do; it’s okay to tell a lie; things make you happy; man evolved from animals; etc.)

We want to be wise so we read and believe God’s words in the Bible. We can be sure they are true.

Ask each person to blow up their balloon. Then assign each person to carefully write a Bible truth on their balloon.

Here are few ideas:

  • God can be trusted—Proverbs 3:5
  • God will always love me—Romans 8:39
  • God will never leave me—Hebrews 13:5b
  • God is powerful—Jeremiah 32:17
  • God will do what is best for me—Romans 8:28

We must believe these wise Bible truths and not chase after every false idea.

Did they just say that?

While watching movies or TV, be on the lookout for situations and characters that could provide teachable moments.

Ask questions to see what they are thinking:

  • What do you think of that character’s actions? Were they good, bad, or neutral?
  • What do you think about the way they handled that situation? What might a better way to handle that?
  • Was that a wise decision?
  • What does the Bible say about that?

Teaching kids truth is best done a little at a time.

Jesus is Wisdom

Christmas is coming! Give a small candy cane to each child every night (or at least one night) this week (while they are taking their bath).

What are some ways a candy cane reminds you of Jesus and the Christmas story? (It looks like a “J” the first letter of Jesus’ name; it is shaped like a shepherd’s crook and shepherds were the first ones to hear about Jesus’ birth; it’s red like Jesus’ blood and white like the clean heart He gives; it tastes sweet and the Christmas story is the sweetest one ever told!)

We celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas. He grew up and spoke wise words to help us know how to love God and others. If we learn and obey His words, we will be wise. (Matthew 7:24)

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