If you’re a parent, a teacher, an aunt or uncle, or even just a person who works with kids a lot, chances are that you have some drawings or coloring pages tacked up on the walls of your cubicle or on the side of your fridge. These may not be framed in a museum anytime soon but they are there because you know who made them. You value the kids who made them. You have a relationship with the people who made them.
To put it another way, you respect the art because you know the artist.
During August, we’re talking about respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do. Honestly, it’s easy to respect a flawed painting when you value the person who made it. But when it comes to respecting people, it gets a bit messier.
This month our memory verse comes from 1 Peter 2:17. It just says, “Show proper respect to everyone.” (NIrV) Pretty simple.
But really, it’s not simple, is it? I mean … Respect. Everyone?
If a painting has a few flaws, those are pretty easy to overlook. But people will do and say things that frustrate, anger or hurt us. People—especially those who have some level of authority—may ask us to do something we don’t want to do, or even worse, they may tell us not to do something we really want to do.
But if we stop and look at people with the knowledge that God made them, then we see things very differently. Suddenly, we can realize two incredible ideas.
First, that God made them.
Second, that God put them exactly where He wants them to be.
Unfortunately, knowing those two things doesn’t make respect any easier. It doesn’t mean that we will agree with everything our boss says. It doesn’t even mean that we submit in every situation—especially if it goes against God.
What it does mean is that we can respect those who have temporary authority in this life, because we know the One who has the ultimate authority, and we trust in Him.
Above you will find a preview video for the theme and stories we will be covering this month. You can also download the monthly newsletter and follow our Facebook page for some awesome questions and activities to keep the discussion going throughout the week.
Don't forget that each week, along with the story and theme we will be covering, I will also post a GodTime devotional for that week. You can look for the link to what's coming up in Gateway Kids in The Weekly or come right back here for more information.
We hope that as kids discover what the Bible says about respect, they’ll head into their new school year knowing they can respect those in charge because they know the One who’s in charge of everything. You can also check out www.orangeparents.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!