Free Devotional! Helping Teach the Importance of Preparedness
Focus: Romans 12:6-8
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (ESV).
Sea Kids Story
Mandy never wants to prepare, and she thinks she doesn’t have to practice for the swim meet or the math test. However, Mandy fails the math test, and when she comes in last place at the swim race, she is embarrassed and in tears. Her team lost because of her performance, but they extend grace towards her by forgiving her after the race. She remembers that Jesus wants her to always do her best. In the end, she learns the importance of practice, teamwork, and God’s grace.
Watch and Read Together
Pure Flix offers a free trial, where you can get all 26 Sea Kids episodes! Watch Sea Kids episode, “Practice Makes Pretty Perfect.” Then, read James 1:17 and 1 Peter 4:10.
There is a saying, “Practice makes perfect.” Well, if not perfect, at least better. How do you think all the famous sports people became so good at the sport they play? They practiced and practiced, even when they did not feel like practicing. When you have a test in school, do you do your best to study? It is very important to do your very best in all you do, especially when others are relying on you to do your best.
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.
- What do you do to prepare for a test?
- What gift or talent do you think the Lord has given to you?
- How do you use your gift or talent to help others?
- How do you practice making your gift or talent better?
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.