Grove Kids - November 14, 2021


Contentment—Learning to be okay with what you have

This Month’s Memory Verse:

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.”

Luke 12:15, NIrV

I Want It That Way

King Ahab and Naboth’s Vineyard – 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27

In week two, we turn to 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27, where we discover what happens when King Ahab finds a plot of land he wants more than anything. There’s a problem: Naboth owns the land, and this land has been in his family for generations. King Ahab and his wife, Queen Jezebel, go to extreme lengths to take that land for themselves . . . but they end up miserable in the end.

I can trust God no matter what.

Bottom Line

Wanting more and more can make you miserable.

Many kids in your environment have probably experienced this truth firsthand. Yet that doesn’t always stop them when they find themselves wanting something that they’ve seen at a friend’s house or at school. We want kids to understand why this happens, and to trust God to help them find contentment in what they have.

Message to Parents

We’ve all bribed our kids at one point, right?!  Not the best long-term strategy but what if we could bribe them in a good way?  Perfect timing for the Christmas Season!  Check out our article…

Bribing Our Kids-4 Things To Do So You Don’t Regret It

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Contentment is learning to be okay with what you have!

Read 1 Timothy 6:6 with your kids.

Share with them, “The problem with wanting more and more is wanting more and more leads you to feeling like you never have enough. There’s always the newest, shiniest, better, cooler thing right around the corner. This kind of thinking only leads to DIScontentment.”

“So maybe our focus should shift. What if we put all that “I really want it” energy into doing the right thing? 1 Timothy tells us that we can gain a lot by living a godly life. When our focus is on trusting God and making choices that honor Him, we’ll start to see that stuff doesn’t really make us happy. Loving God and loving others always leads to strong relationships.”

Ask them, “Want to play a game called ‘Gotcha!”  Read the verse together a few times. Then, read the verse aloud to your kids leaving out ONE word. As soon as your kids catch the mistake, they should yell “GOTCHA!” Then quote the verse correctly together. Switch roles and play again!

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