In September, the elementary children will be learning about Initiative (seeing what needs to be done and doing it). Our lessons are:
Week 1 (September 6):
We are going to begin with the first chapter of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the huge need, but, before he did anything, he prayed. He knew he needed God’s help.
Bottom Line: When you see something big to be done, ask God for help. We want children to understand that no matter how big or small the project, God can help them accomplish it. The first thing kids should do when faced with a task is to pray and ask God for help.
Week 2 (September 13):
We’ll check out Nehemiah 2:1-9 and 11-18. Nehemiah took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step up, he went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. It’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.
Bottom Line: When you see what needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it. We hope kids learn that when they see what needs to be done, they shouldn’t wait to take action. Of course there might be times that the task seems dangerous or too big to handle by themselves. Still, kids can take initiative and ask someone they trust for help.
Week 3 (September 20):
We will focus on a different part of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 5:1-12. While everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, even though he was the leader, and even though he was in charge, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to say to help them figure out a solution.
Bottom Line: When you see people in need, don’t wait for someone else to help them. When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help, instead of thinking it’s someone else’s problem.
Week 4 (September 27):
We’ll look at several passages through Nehemiah and that throughout the whole process of building the wall, Nehemiah demonstrated some amazing truths about initiative. He demonstrated how to see what needs to be done and doing it. He demonstrated how to care for others. He even demonstrated something that’s very important to recognize when talking about initiative—Nehemiah realized that the ability or strength to do what needs to be done comes from God. We cannot accomplish the task on our own. We have to lean on God to do His part as well. The most powerful part is seeing that when they did their part, God stepped in and did something that only God could do.
Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done. Often when we take initiative on something big, we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help. We want kids to know that, if they do what they can to help, God will do the rest.
Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of September in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Colossians 3:23). Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.