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Job 4:8; Matthew 7:12; Proverbs 22:8; Mark 4:24
- Variety of seeds
Have any of you ever planted a garden before? What did you plant? (Wait for responses.)
(Hold up the seeds.)
I have all kinds of seeds here. If I want to get some delicious apples can I plant these seeds? (Hold up the wrong kind of seed.) No, that would never work! Or how about if I wanted to grow a watermelon, could I plant these? (Hold up the wrong one again.)
Why wouldn’t that work? (Wait for responses.) That’s right, because I am planting the wrong seeds. If I want to grow tomatoes I need to plant tomato seeds, and if I want to grow watermelons I need to plant watermelon seeds.
Do you want good things to happen in your life or do you want bad things to happen? (Wait for a response.) Good things! But if we plant unkind words, rudeness, and hatred do you thing we will be able to reap good things? No!
The Bible says in Galatians 6:7-9 that we will reap what we sow. So if we plant good things then that is what we will reap. But if we plant bad things then that is what we will reap. What things are you planting in your life? Those are the things that you will reap. I hope that you all reap many good things in your life because you choose to plant the right things.
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Luke 6:31; Mark 12:31; 1 John 4:20; Leviticus 19:18; Galatians 6:7-8
(Hold the boomerang up.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for responses.) That’s right, it’s a boomerang. Do any of you know how to use one? What does a boomerang do? If you know how to throw it the proper way it will fly far away from you and then it will turn around and fly back at you, hover over your head and then fall down so you can catch it! That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Matthew 7:12 says that we should treat each other the way we want to be treated. We call that the Golden Rule. Our actions are a lot like this boomerang. If we throw out bad actions and treat people badly what do you think will return to us? (Wait for responses.) That’s right, bad things!
However, if we throw out good actions and treat people with love and respect what do you think will return to us? (Wait for a response.) That’s correct! We will get good things in return!
What kind of things do you want to come into your life? Good things or bad things? Since we all want good things then we need to make sure that the actions that we send out are good and uplifting as well.
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Proverbs 12:6, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 15:4
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
Will never hurt me.
We have all heard this rhyme, and although it sounds kind of cute, it’s really not true at all! Words do hurt. If someone says something rude to you or lies about you, you may smile on the outside and try to look tough, but on the inside it hurts a lot! It feel like a nail has been driven straight into you.
(Take out the board and nail a nail into it).
Each time someone says something hurtful it is like driving another nail into you. (Drive another nail).
Maybe sometimes you get angry and say something mean or hurtful to someone else. Guess what that is doing? That is like driving a nail into them. (Drive another nail).
Sure, sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can certainly hurt you! (Drive another nail).
(Hold up the board with the nails in it).
The sad thing is that many people go through life with all of these nails stuck in them. They don’t go away very easily. Maybe is something a parent said, or a friend, or a teacher that still bothers you years and years later.
Only through God’s help and being willing to forgive other can these nails be taken out.
(Take out all of the nails and then hold up the board).
However, even though all of the nails are out you still see the scars and marks that those words left. We need to be be quick to forgive people of the hurtful words that they say. We also need to be careful that we are not the one using painful words on others.