God is the only god. God is one of a kind with no beginning and no end. And everything God has created is unique and one of a kind. Each animal is not only different from other species, but also different from other like animals. No zebra has the exact same patterns of stripes. Each monkey has its own temperament. Each sparrow sings a slightly different tune.
The same is true for people. God made each person one of a kind—even identical twins have unique fingerprints! Every person that ever was or ever will be is an original, including the kids we serve each week. If you teach kids to find purpose NOW, they’ll grow up knowing the even greater potential God has for them in the future. That’s why our memory verse this month is a moment where Paul was encouraging Timothy to use the gifts God gave him to serve the church.
In 1 Timothy 4:12a, Paul writes: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live” (NIrV).
We don’t talk about Timothy a lot, but he is a perfect example of a young individual who had incredible potential. A handful of insightful adults in his life recognized what was in his box and helped him open it. And because of that, Timothy had tremendous impact on the growth of the early church. His story is an incredible example of individuality.
Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Most of us remember Timothy because of what Paul wrote to him while he was a young leader in the church at Ephesus. But if you do a little digging in the book of Acts, and you look at what we know about the journeys of Paul, you can piece together a pretty remarkable story about a young man who discovered his unique God-given potential and did some amazing things.
Above you will find the preview video (click on the graphic) discussing the stories we'll be covering this 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!
You can open someone’s box and help them see something inside that they can use right now, maybe something about their story or some talent they may not know they have. When you help a child begin to understand that God made them and God has given them unique abilities to love and to serve others, it has a lasting impact—not only because of what they accomplish right now, but because they are establishing a pattern of living that can change the course of their story.