Splinks for the week of March 15-22, 2020
Someone In Charge
After a delicious meal (hopefully one that most of the family enjoyed), ask:
What did you enjoy about the meal?
What would you like to say to the chef who took the time to prepare and serve this meal to you?
What would it be like if each person had to think about dinner every day and each one had to go to the store and buy the ingredients, bring it home, and prepare it?
It’s good to have someone in charge of the meals! Mom (or Dad) is a fine chef who cooks things that are good for us and takes care to prepare and serve them.
It’s good to have Someone in charge of the universe. God planned and created the universe. He is a good Sovereign King who rules over us. He is very wise and wants what is best for us. Even though we don’t always do what is right, He is so powerful that He can take even the bad things that happen and turn them around for good! It is important that we thank Him and honor what He does for us every day.
We can trust God even when we don’t understand what He is doing.
Gather some glass jars, food coloring, water, and bleach. Fill a glass jar with water and have your child put some food coloring in the water. The water is like your child’s life and the color represents the choices he or she makes.
Every choice has consequences, just as the water turned to different colors as the food coloring was added. If your child adds a color he or she didn’t mean to, the consequence cannot be taken back. The water has already changed colors. The only way to cleanse a life from the bad consequences of sin is through Jesus. Pour a little bit of bleach into the water, and it will turn clear again. God provided Jesus, and Jesus can change everything!
Who’s the Boss?
Play a game to illustrate one person in charge of the others. Cut a small slip of paper (2-inch square is good) for each child and write the word “boss” on one piece. Fold them in half and put them all in a bag. Gather the family in a circle so they can all see each other.
Each one should pick a slip of paper (do not let anyone see it). The one who is the boss must “fire” the other players by discreetly winking at them—one at a time. Once a player has been “fired” he should wait a second or two and then throw his slip in the middle and say, “I’m fired.” The other players are trying to find out and guess who is the “boss.” If the others guess wrong, they are out of the game. If someone is right, he wins. If no one guesses and all have been “fired,” collect the slips and put them back in the bag for a new round.
Talk about it:
What does a boss do? (A boss is in charge of a company or group of people; he/she makes important decisions; the boss has the authority to hire and fire an employee; the employees must follow the boss’ instructions; etc.)
How is God like a good boss? (He is in charge of us; He helps us. He gives us instructions to obey. His way is always best for us.)
We need to patiently trust that our sovereign God will do what is best.