I can make good choices.
Even small children are known by their actionsProverbs 20:11 A (NIV)
(For the focus you will need two sheets of paper or index cards. Write one word on keyword per card or sheet of paper. Keywords: consequence, integrity).
Hold up card with integrity. Read the word or ask your child to read it. Do you know what integrity means? Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is looking or when it is hard. Integrity starts with making good choices.
Next hold up the card with consequence. Read the card or ask your child to read it. What does consequence mean? A consequence is the result of an action. Sometimes consequences are positive like working hard in school and earning good grades. We usually call those rewards. Other times consequences are negative. For example, loosing screen time for not doing chores.
Think about our keywords while you watch this week’s lesson.
Get Into It
Watch Brother’s Blood Cry or read pages 24-29 in the Action Bible.
Think About It
Cain is an extreme example of unwise decision making. It started with a decision to not follow God’s directions. When God was unhappy with Cain’s offering, Cain did not accept responsibility for his actions. He also chose not to change his behavior. Those bad choices led to other bad choices. It all started with a single choice.
As a child my granddaddy taught me the following poem:
Sow a thought and you reap an action;Ralph Waldo Emerson
sow an act and you reap a habit;
sow a habit and you reap a character;
sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Learning to make good choices starts with a single decision. Each time you make good decisions it becomes easier to make good decisions.
Remember that when you mess up or make bad decisions God just like your parents still loves you. They may be unhappy or even mad at you, but they still love you. When you do mess up take responsibility. Change your thoughts and actions to make things right with God and your parents or whomever you have hurt.
This week think of area that you need to make better choices. What is one thing you can do this week to improve? Make a plan with your family to work on this area. Pray and ask God for help.