Have you ever walked through your local grocery store and noticed the potential just sitting on the shelves? You can head down one aisle and discover spices from around the world. Over in the produce stands, you can find the ripest apples, cartons of blueberries, maybe even some obscure Dragon Fruit. Not to mention all of the staples on another aisle: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk. Incredible ingredients that will sit there and go bad unless someone takes them home and creates something delicious.
You can speculate all day about the potential in that grocery store, but until there is some type of response to what you believe can really happen, it's just potential. In other words, with the right kind of response, faith in a process, and a big mess of dishes, those ingredients could turn into warm, sticky-sweet, apple pie. But if those ingredients just sit there, even though they have incredible potential, the flour will just stay powdery and tasteless. The butter will soften. And those apples will turn brown. In fact, if you do nothing, they will lose their potential and turn into something that just makes your trash smell bad.
Think about someone's life, with all of the God-given, God-created ingredients. You have time, talents, opportunities, words, and resources. The point is, we can choose to either respond to what God has given us or we can ignore it. One of the most powerful things leaders and parents can do is to inspire their children to trust that God can do amazing things through the abilities He's given them. Kids should grow up knowing that their faith in God's ability to do that, can profoundly affect how they view and respond to their unique potential.
That's why we're taking September to look more closely at what the Bible has to say about responsibility. We define responsibility as: Showing you can be trusted by what you say and do.
Our memory verse this month is Luke 16:10a, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (NIV) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.
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.
God has created everyone with potential: talents, time, resources, opportunities. And we can either respond to God with our abilities in a way that honors Him, or we can waste what He has given. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond with your abilities. And we want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God's given them, but also how to respond to God's ability to work through them to change the world around them.
You can also check out www.orangeparents.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!