You have a purpose!
Items Needed: assortment of objects (kitchen utensils, bathroom utensils such as toothbrush or washcloth, household items such as broom or dust pan, etc.)
Lay all the items on a table and invite the kids to sort them into categories.
Ask them to explain why they chose certain categories.
One way to sort the objects is by their purpose. We might put a potato masher and a spatula in one category because we use them to help us cook. We could put a toothbrush and a washcloth in another category because they help us keep clean.
Just as each item is set apart for a specific purpose (a potato masher mashes potatoes or other vegetables), we were created with a purpose.
Read Ephesians 2:10.
What is our purpose? What did God have in mind for us when He created us? (to do good works)
When we do good works, we are fulfilling one of God’s purposes for us!
The word, sanctification, means “set apart”. We are set apart by God for a specific purpose.
You did what?!
Brainstorm ways to serve others. Ask each family member to do good works every day this week. Every night at dinner, let each family member share what they did. Write each act on a slip of paper and collect them in jar.
There are tons of ideas on Pinterest. (One that might be helpful: My Life and Kids Website )
Here are just a few:
- Smile at 3 people.
- Let someone go ahead of you at the check-out line in the grocery store.
- Ask the clerk what her favorite candy bar is and buy it for her.
- Eat lunch with someone who may not have many friends.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Leave a kind note in a library book for the next person who reads it.
- Make and mail a card to an elderly person.
- Share a toy.
- Help without being asked.
- Leave a treat (or nice note) in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
You Can’t, Why?
Items Needed: paper or Styrofoam cups
Small ball or stuffed animal
One of the biggest reasons we don’t live out our purpose is that we make excuses. Challenge family members to think of and shoot down some of our excuses. (I don’t have enough time; I don’t know how; I don’t have any money; I am too young; I don’t really care; etc.)
Write each excuse on a paper or Styrofoam cup and stack them into a tower. Take turns seeing if family members can knock down the excuses with a small ball or stuffed animal. (Mark a standing/throwing point.)
Read Hebrews 10:24, 25.
Instead of making excuses, what should we be doing? (motivating one another to do good works; encouraging one another; meeting together to help one another; etc.)
God wants us to encourage one another to do good works… not to make excuses!