Have you ever read the Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches?
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.”
The Sneetches’ society was split into two classes, those with stars on their bellies and those without. And those without were terribly envious of those with stars. They spent all their time moping, desperate to change their situation – even to the point of losing sight of what’s really important in life.
Have you ever felt discontent — that longing for something you can’t have? Maybe you feel a pang of jealously when you see your neighbor’s beautiful home renovations or disappointment when someone else gets the promotion you wanted at work. Maybe you’ve been sighing at the sight of your girlfriend’s new diamond bracelet or stubbornly settling for a family camping trip while your friends go on a fabulous cruise.
In October, elementary kids in Kid’s Quest are learning what God has to say about the virtue of Contentment: choosing to be happy with what you’ve got, drawing our inspiration from Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV 1984):
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Here’s a quick review of what elementary kids are learning this month. Use the following questions to talk about Contentment at home:
Bible Story: The Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:1-13, 23 & 24
Bottom Line: When you want what you shouldn’t have, it can lead to trouble.
Talk About It: Do you prefer to be around people who always want more or who are content with what they have? What is the difference between being content and striving to make things better?
Bible Story: Israelites long for Egypt, Exodus 16:2-21, 17:1-4
Bottom Line: When you want what you had before, you miss what you have now.
Talk About It: Have you ever felt content with what you had until someone else made you feel like it wasn’t good enough?What things in your life rob you of contentment?
Bible Story: The Grapes Are Always Greener (King Ahab & Naboth’s vineyard), 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27
Bottom Line: When you want what someone else has, it can make you miserable.
Talk About It: Have you ever regretted not being content? Is the person with the most stuff usually the most content? Why?
Bible Story: Don’t Worry, Be Happy (do not worry), Matthew 6:25-33
Bottom Line: When you trust God, you don’t have to worry about tomorrow.
Talk About It: Have you ever tried to get a lot of something because you were scared it would be gone later? Have you ever put your trust in something besides God? How did you learn to be content?