Free Devotional! Helping Teach the Importance of Contentment
Focus: Philippians 4:11-13
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (ESV).
Sea Kids Story
Melissa is saving her pennies for a new bubble toy. Her friend, Mandy, brings over a new bubble toy to Melissa’s house, given to her by her wealthy parents. Mandy absently leaves her toy at Melissa’s house. Melissa lets Susie use the toy, and it’s accidentally broken. Melissa tries to give the toy back without telling Mandy it’s broken. Mandy finds out and is very angry. Melissa prays to Jesus, asking for guidance. Melissa uses her money and with a little help from her mother, buys Mandy a new toy, and asks for forgiveness for not telling Mandy about the broken toy. Both girls learn friendship is more important than toys.
Watch and Read Together
Pure Flix offers a free trial, where you can get all 26 Sea Kids episodes! Watch Sea Kids episode, “Friends First.” Then, read Proverbs 13:11 and Luke 6:31.
It’s so nice to have good friends. They can help you study for a new test or play ball with you in the backyard. It is also nice to get a new toy, but it is even nicer when you work hard to pay for the new toy yourself and share it with others. When you work hard for something, it makes you want to take care of it more because you worked hard for it! Children who are given everything and do not have to work for anything may grow up and become very self-centered, meaning they care about themselves first. Jesus wants us to be thankful for what we have and to share what we have with others. Always try to be thankful, and that way, you will show other children how to be thankful too!
Answer these questions together. Have an open and honest discussion and learn how each family member can be respectful to each other and other people, as God’s word directs.
- How does it make you feel when someone doesn’t share with you?
- Do you think it is better to earn money to buy a toy or have it given to you? Why?
- How do you think Jesus feels when we are deceitful? Why?
- List all the ways you can be friendly to family and friends.
Finally, Pray Together!
Set a time each day to pray, asking the Holy Spirit to fill you with the Fruit of the Spirit.
- As you pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you, look for opportunities to exhibit, in your actions, one Fruit, in particular, that day and another fruit the next day, until you have exhibited each Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.