Game: Focus pocus
Use masking tape to make a target shape on the floor. Provide each kid with a scrap of paper. Kids will write their name on the paper, then wad it up and use it as a ball.
In the first round of the game, ask each kid to toss their ball onto the target while facing away from the target. Use
a small bit of tape to record where each kid’s paper wad landed. In the next round, allow the kids to aim by looking at the target while they toss their wads. Note which kids were able to get closer to the center of the target in the second round.
SAY • If you don’t focus on the target, it is nearly impossible to hit the target. That seems simple enough, right? In our lives, we often forget to focus on Jesus, and then wonder why it is difficult to live our lives for His glory. Paul reminded believers that they needed to focus on Jesus, setting their minds on things above— things that have to do with God and His commands. We must do the same.
We set our minds on things above when we study our Bibles, pray, and learn about God with the church community. When we have faith in Jesus, obeying Him becomes easier the more we focus on Him.
Reflection and prayer
Distribute a sheet of paper to each child. Ask the kids to write about or draw a picture to answer the following questions:
•What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?
•What does this story teach me about myself?
•Whom can I tell about this story?