Playing With Play-Doh Week 11 The value of training in godliness
Activity/Discussion for 5th and 6th grade Awana or Sunday school. Have a contest. Have the kids make a crown using the play-doh. See which one is the best. Then, compliment everyone on their effort and say something like, “These are all wonderful! Everyone gets a prize! Well done everyone!” Then hand everyone a blue ribbon. If you’re not a crafty person, and don’t know how to make one, Here are two videos to show you how. The first video shows you how to make a blue ribbon using paper, and the second video shows you how to make a blue ribbon award using ribbon. If you are a crafty person who knows another way to make a blue ribbon, that’s great! Feel free to leave a comment on my blog! Just make sure to click on “I am not a robot” at the bottom of the comment box before you hit “Post Comment.” I moderate comments before they go on my blog to make sure everything honors the Lord. The week that you decide to do this, make sure you have watched the videos ahead of time, and you have already made the ribbons at home. Be prepared to hand them out in class. The ribbons should say 1 Timothy 4:8 on on them. After you hand out the ribbons, talk about how as long as we are true Christ-Followers who honor the Lord, the kids are all winners in God’s eyes. Ask the kids what they can do to serve the Lord. What could they do that would make God say, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Welcome home.” Close in a time of prayer. Thank the Lord that He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Pray to the Lord to help them to keep their eyes focused on Him so they will win the eternal prize in heaven. Emphasize that It’s not where you start with your trials that matters but where you finish. God is always interested in bringing us closer to Him.
Jessica wasn’t able to come to my house on Monday so she came last night so I wouldn’t miss an entire week of practice and my muscles wouldn’t forget how to do the hand movements. I did okay but it took me a few times to get the shapes formed the right way because it was nighttime and my body was tired. I function better during the day. After the third time, I finally got the ball formed the right way and I remembered to put the rolling pin in the middle so I could focus better on getting the right height for the vase. I did well with wrapping my fingers around the play-doh and squeezing it at the bottom so I could get the right height. The problem came when I was trying to form an hourglass shape to get the right height for the finishing touches. Jessica had to help me with that part. Just when I think I have it down pat, there’s always something else to work on. The same is true with your Christian walk. Just when you think you would do well in a certain situation, God puts a trial in your life to test your character and see what you know about Him. Always remember until the day you get to heaven, your eternal crown doesn’t have the finishing touches. As Christians, here on earth, we’re always in training. Lord, help me to remember that while I’m here on earth, I’m in training, and godly training has more value than earthly physical training. Help me to put a higher value on godly training, so that I may remember the promises of the present life and the things to come. I can’t wait to see the beautiful finishing touches on my eternal crown in heaven someday. Amen
1 Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”