Gather everyone’s shoes and put them in a big pile on one side of the room. Line up everyone on the other side of the room and run a relay to see how quickly everyone in the family can run to the pile of shoes, put on a pair (not their own!) and run back to tag the next person who will do the same. Time yourselves! (If you like, run the relay a second time to see if you can do it faster.)
Talk about it:
What does the phrase, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes mean? (To try to understand how the other person feels; to think about what he is experiencing; etc.)
It is easy to judge another person and think we would never do what he/she did. Paul reminded the Galatians to be gentle with others who were overcome by some sin. We should gently help that person back onto the right path. We are not to be proud, but to remember that we’ve been tempted also and to humbly help. We are to think of others and share one another’s burdens.
Allow everyone to pick out their favorite vegetable (or fruit) at the grocery store, prepare them, and share them at dinner.
As you are eating, talk about…
What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
What would happen if the farmer didn’t plant any seeds? (He wouldn’t harvest any food.)
What should you expect to reap (harvest) if you planted corn seeds? (corn)
What should you expect to reap if you planted bean seeds? (beans)
Whatever we sow (plant) is what we can expect to reap (harvest).
Read Galatians 6:7-8.
If we sow (do) sin, what can we expect to reap? (Corruption; bad results; and eventually death; etc.)
If we sow good or live to please the Spirit, what can we expect to end up with? (Blessings from God; eternal life)
Galatians 6:10 says that whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to those in the family of faith.
What are some ways we can do good? (Help with a chore; play a game together; write a thank you for what they do; listen; say kind words; think of ways to make what they do easier; etc.)
Give each family member a few post-it notes. Walk to different locations inside and outside the house and ask the question: How could you do good to someone in this location? Allow those with an idea to write it on their post-it note and stick it there. (There should be lots of ideas all over the house—help with the dishes, take out the trash, put away the toys, give a foot rub, read a book to a sibling, etc.)
Ask each family member to choose one way or more from all the ideas posted and do good. When they do the good deed, they can stick the post-it note on the fridge (or another designated place). See how long it takes to do the good deeds and collect all the notes.