Follow His Example
- Slips of paper
- Supplies to make cards
Jesus is our best example. We should follow Him and live like He lived. Jesus was humble, obedient, and forgiving.
Write out the names of family and friends on slips of paper. Put the papers in a bowl. Every evening after dinner, choose one slip from the bowl and write a note or make a card for that person encouraging them to follow the example of Jesus.
Here are some verse suggestions to include in your notes/cards:
1 Peter 2:21
Proud as a Peacock
Have you ever heard the phrase “proud as a peacock”?
Why do you think the peacock would be called proud?
Here are some interesting facts:
A peacock (peacock refers to the male bird, while females are peahens, and the young are peachicks) is known for its beautiful, bright blue and green, iridescent tail.
An adult peacock’s train of feathers, or coverts, can be sixty inches long with a wingspan of up to six feet. Peacocks have a crest or crown on top of their heads that gives them a royal appearance.
Some think the peacock fans out his feathers/train to get the peahens to notice him. The male then does a courtship dance.
Sometimes a good way to understand something is to look at its opposite. Pride is the opposite of humility. It’s easier to recognize pride than it is to see humility. Pride is thinking about myself all the time—my way, my rights, my needs, my, my, my!
What does pride look like in people? (Wanting to be first; wanting to be noticed; wanting your way; thinking you are better than others; etc.)
What does humility look like in people? (Working together; caring about others; serving others; thinking about others more than about yourself, etc.)
Remembering Jesus’ example can help us be humble and think of others.
Me, My, and Mine
Parents, throw a temper tantrum, yelling and arguing over something silly such as the remote control for the TV. (It’s mine! My mommy gave it to me. I’m never letting you watch MY TV again. Fake cry and make exaggerated arguments like your children might.) Your children will look on wide-eyed and shocked!
What did you think about the way we were acting?
Why do you think it was wrong?
Explain that you were just “play-acting,” but fighting to get your own way is NOT showing humility.
Read Philippians 2:1-11 to find out what a humble attitude looks like. (thinking about others, not being selfish, having love, serving others as Jesus did, being obedient)
Jesus is our example of humility. Even though He was king and creator of the universe, He gave it up and willingly came to earth because of His love for us! Wow!