Take a walk with your children. Allow them to choose which way to go every time you come to an intersection. Follow their directions.
What would happen if you made the choice to go the other way? Where would we end up? (in a different place)
The choices we made determined our path and our destination.
We have a choice between following our own way or following God’s way. When Jonah thought he could run and hide from God, he got on a ship going the opposite direction of where God told him to go. Do you remember where Jonah ended up? Jonah ended up in the belly of a huge fish. Jonah’s choice to disobey God had consequences. Our choices have consequences too.
God is powerful, in control, and loving. He even loves us in our disobedience. Let’s choose to follow His way because He knows what’s best for us.
Play a game called Choices. Stand in the middle of the room and tell your children you will give them two choices. They will choose which side of the room to go to based on their choices.
(If you like , go to the left side. (Point to the left.) If you like _, go to the right side. (Point to the right.)
Some choices to get you started:
- Pepperoni or cheese pizza
- Chocolate or vanilla ice cream
- Video or board games
- Riding your bike or cleaning your room
- Beach or mountains
- Singing or drawing
- Math or history
Some choices in life don’t really matter—like if you eat chocolate or vanilla ice cream. But many choices do matter. We must obey God and follow His way. This means we must turn away from our own way. Choosing obedience to God is always a good choice.
Think of a simple activity for your family to do together (clean the kitchen; play a game of kickball; plant flowers; etc.). In a discreet way, tell one child to do one thing and then tell another child to do the opposite. (For example, if you are cleaning the kitchen, tell one child to put the dishes in the dishwasher, while telling another one to put the dishes in the dining room, or even another to put the dishes under the sink. They should all be working against each other.)
Pause the activity and give ONE instruction (Put the dishes in the dishwasher.). Then talk about it:
Why was it hard to accomplish the task? (We were working against each other; we had different goals; we were doing opposite things, etc.)
Sometimes choosing God’s Way is the opposite of what we want to do, but it is always the right choice. We can accomplish so much more when we work for God and not for ourselves.