January 17, 2021

Rules for Life: Play well. Finish Strong

LIFE APPLICATION | Responsibility—Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you

MEMORY VERSE | Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large.

Luke 16:10a, NIrV

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes


Ants Marching

Ant and Sluggard | Proverbs 6:6-8

BASIC TRUTH | I need to make the wise choice.

For week three, we take a closer look at Proverbs 6:6-8. Think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! (NIrV). God created ants to take responsibility and work hard storing up for the winter months. We can look to them as an example, as we take responsibility and work hard.

Bottom Line: Work hard. God has created us to work, yet often we try to do whatever we can to avoid it. We pray that this simple bottom line will be a reminder for kids to take responsibility when they have a job to do. God can give them the strength they need to follow through and get the job done.

Message to Parents

As a parent, one of my trigger points has always been when my kids would TALK BACK!!!  This was probably brought on by the way I was raised…when things became heated and words we’re being thrown back and forth, I learned at a very early age (and reminded a few times in my teens) that this or any words out of my mouth that had attitude or were disrespectful were quickly corrected!  Things have changed over the years, both good and bad, and wherever you fall on the spectrum of discipline, we thought we could all use some simple and effective responses you can give your kids when they occasionally act up.

Also, as you reflect on the times when your kids have talked back to you…please keep in mind, you’re not alone.  All kids (even the most angelic kids) have thrown a ‘smart’ comment out at one time or another.  We can only grow and get better at parenting when we work together and share ideas.  Our hope is that you grab on to one of these replies and it helps you and your kids through this season in their lives.

Wise Words When Your Children Talk Back 

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, celery, cream cheese and raisins, and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Responsibility means showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you.

Ask your kids, “Did you know?…

·       There are over 12,000 different species of ants.

·       Ants can lift anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of their body weight depending on their species.

·       In 2000, the world’s largest ant’s nest was found in Argentina measuring in at a whooping 3700 miles wide! This ginormous colony housed 33 ant populations that merged into one giant super colony with millions of nests and billions of workers.

What would happen if one of those ants suddenly stopped working? What would happen if 20 or 100 or 500 hundred stopped? Those ant colonies wouldn’t function well at all if each ant didn’t pull its own weight.

Did you know that the Bible talks about ants too?  Proverbs 6:6-8 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

Responsibility is showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you. It means you need to carry your own load, to do your own part. If you don’t, that responsibility falls to someone else and others won’t find it as easy to trust you the next time.

This week, when you’re given a responsibility— whether big or small—think about that ant. Work hard and do your part so others will trust you.”

Now is a great time to make “Ants On A Log” for a snack.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about.  Cut celery into 3-4 inch pieces.  Fill the celery with cream cheese and place raisins or dried cranberries on top.  We also have a fun craft in our Devotional Boxes that relates to ants as well!  Have fun!!!

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