While driving in the car, play the opposites game. Say a word (hot) and ask the kids to guess its opposite (cold). After you’ve given several words (and they have given some), announce the word, contentment. (They will probably have a hard time thinking of its opposite.)
What does it mean to be content? (satisfied; happy with what you have; etc.)
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-8.
What does the Bible say is most important? (godliness and contentment)
We already have true riches if we follow Jesus and are content with what we have. We don’t need more things to make us happy when we have a loving Father who cares for us. He will give us what we need.
Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, suggests an exercise to help kids understand what it’s like to live in poverty.
Imagine the following:
- Imagine that tomorrow you wake up and the only clothing you have is on your back. (All your clothes are gone and you have to wear the same clothing every day. You take it off to wash and put it right back on.)
- Imagine that you have no electricity or power. (No lights, iPads, TV, etc.)
- Imagine that there’s no clean water.
- Imagine that you have no comfortable house to live in – you now live in a 10X20 mud hurt with a dirt floor.
- Imagine that there’s no food anymore. You have to find it wherever you can, because you don’t have a grocery store.
- Imagine that you have no healthcare. You can’t go to a doctor and there’s no medicine.
- Imagine that you have NO hope – NO hope for a better life.
Almost a billion people live without access to clean water. Almost a billion go to bed hungry every night. 2 billion people live on less than $2 a day.
Being content is an attitude that we are thankful and happy with what we have.
Eat rice and drink water for dinner and send the money you would have spent on a regular dinner to World Vision to help those living in poverty. (www.worldvision.org)
The best way to grow contentment is to be thankful!
Start a thankful list and keep it on the refrigerator! Every night at dinner (or bedtime or whenever it works best for your family) each person must think of 3 specific things for which they are thankful and add them to the list (homemade pizza, dog cuddles, new shoes, sins forgiven, etc.).