Have you never had to endure a child learning to play the clarinet? It can be pretty awful. It may sound more like a person strangling a duck than anything close to actual music! But that goes with any musical instrument, doesn’t it? To become great at playing an instrument, you need to practice … to rehearse. You need to commit to sticking with it even when you don’t feel like it.
Maybe you’re not really a “music person.” Maybe your interest involves the soccer field or basketball court. Or maybe you find yourself at home on the stage acting or dancing. Whatever your “thing,” you know firsthand that in order to get better—to master your sport or hone your craft—you have to put in the work and practice, practice, practice.
The same is also true for faith. It takes practice to grow and mature in your relationship with God. It takes commitment. That’s why we’re spending the whole month of January to discover how commitment can show up in our lives as we practice our faith.
Commitment is making a plan and putting it into practice. If we want to know God better, we need to practice our faith. But practicing isn’t something that comes naturally to any of us. That’s why we need a plan. There are four faith skills that we think kids need to practice to know God better: HEAR. PRAY. TALK. LIVE. We’re taking this month of commitment to dig deeper into these faith skills to help kids get a handle on what it means to practice their faith. Each week, we’ll focus on one of these faith skills as we talk about making a plan and putting it into practice.
Above you will find the preview video for the month. You can also view the monthly newsletter and follow our Facebook page for engaging questions and activities to keep the discussion going throughout the week. Don't forget to come right back here for a new GodTime devotional to go along with the story and theme we will be covering each week. (Download our App for easier access to these resources on the go!) You can also check out theparentcue.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!
We can’t wait to see what God will do in the lives of kids and families this month as we commit to practice our faith and grow in our relationship with God!