The following is a basic outline for a devotion based on Exodus 20:12.
The theme of the evening was “loving our parents” and during the night we made little gift bags with “just-add-water” hot chocolates, chocolate, letters to our parents and other nice things.
Follow this link to view a PowerPoint Template: Thanks Mum and Dad
INTRODUCTORY ACTIVTY: TIME TRAVEL
Close your eyes… (make up a fun story that ends with “…when you open your eyes you realise that you have been sent forward in time 15 years! And you now have a baby.”
Give the small group a pens and large piece of paper – then ask the group to write down all the things they would now have to do/worry about as parents.
Once a couple of minutes have passed and the paper is getting full, talk quickly about the various safety guidelines for new parents (hygiene, sleeping arrangements, car restraints, food)
Now discuss some of the guidelines God gave for parents. Use the imagery of guide posts or a guide rope used while mountain climbing. The guide rope doesn’t ruin a climber’s fun, it ensures that they are climbing up the safest rout. (Perhaps you could talk about a safety guideline your parents put in place to keep you safe).
Here are some guidelines God gave to parents from the bible:
Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it. – Prov. 22:6
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. – Prov. 3:12
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind
and will make your heart glad. – Prov. 29:17
- How would you describe your relationship with your parents?
- Do you get along well? Or do you often have misunderstandings, hurt feelings and arguments – maybe even shouting matches?
I believe a good relationship with our parents is vital to success and happiness in life.
You’ve all heard of the 10 commandments. These are the 10 guidelines God gave to us to help us live right and keep us safe. Now we’ve already looked at some guidelines God gave to parents. But you know he also gave some guidelines for Children…
“Honour your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12
- God wants human family life to be happy, uplifting and fulfilling. To help ensure strong, stable families, He commands all people to honour their parents. To honour means to respect and love someone.
- I totally get that we don’t have perfect families, that’s a given. But we should still try our best to respect and love our parents (or guardians).
- Think about considering the many things they have likely done for us over the years (LOOK AT LIST WE MADE EARLIER!).
- Most parents truly care for their children. They want to see them do well, be happy and have a better life than they had. We can be grateful for this.
Remember, when we were born, we knew absolutely nothing. God gave us parents to teach and guide us, as well as correct us and keep us safe while we were growing up.
NOW PLAY A GAME – THE FLOOR IS LAVA
What are the rules to “THE FLOOR IS LAVA”?
If you touch the floor, you die… right?
Smart people, follow instructions.
Dumb people get melted.
Another one of God’s guidelines says this:
Proverbs 15:5 says this:
Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is wise.
Our parents have lived longer than us. They’ve experienced a few LAVA pits in their own lives. To help us, our parents try to pass their experiences on to us so we don’t get burned. Their instruction can help us build happy and successful lives!
So… next time you find yourself fighting with your mum or dad.
- Have a think – What are they trying to teach me? And Why?
Next time your parents ask you to do something.
- Have a think – Why are they trying to teach me? And Why?
Remember too, that your parents have given up a lot for you and do so every day. Maybe they deserve some love and respect for that. Perhaps we should start respecting them and showing them that we love them but doing what they ask, when they ask it. Maybe even doing some things to help them that they haven’t even asked you to do yet.
By doing things like that you might just find yourself having less of those problems you mentioned at the start of the night!