CONTENTMENT: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Series Memory Verse: “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Main Point: Don’t miss out on what you have now.
Bible Story: Israelites Long for Egypt | Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-7
Everything we have comes from God. He is faithful to provide what we need. And even more than things we can own, God also provides what we need to face whatever happens in our lives. God has proven time and again, that we can trust Him no matter what. So we could choose to complain or become jealous of what others have, or we can choose to respond with contentment, knowing God has a plan for our lives.
In 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27, King Ahab finds a plot of land he wants more than anything, but there’s a problem. Naboth owns the land, and this land has been in his family for generations. King Ahab and his wife Queen Jezebel go to extreme lengths to take that land for themselves and in the end, King Ahab is miserable.
Don’t miss out on what you have now. Many kids have probably experienced this bottom line first hand. Yet, that doesn’t stop them the next time they find themselves working out whatever scheme they can to get something new that they’ve seen at a friend’s house or at school. We want kids to be aware that this happens and trust God to help them find contentment in what He’s already given to them.
At dinner tonight, share one thing you’re grateful for from that day. Then, talk about how being grateful for what you have now changes your perspective.