So tonight we had an unusual dinner. Can you spot what's wrong on the dinner plate? If you said green rice, you'd be right! We were supposed to make something green in our meal. We instructed the kids to just eat dinner as usual and then we would have our object lesson.
They were quite curious about the green rice, I even had one child who couldn't eat it! Then one child finished her supper first. Without much ado, my hubby just handed her a small bag of candy and instructed her to eat it, but not share it.
This didn't go over so well. She was so concerned that she kept trying to share it, but we told her "no". :)
Now the lesson. The green food was supposed to represent being green with envy. We talked at length about the definition of envy. My scholarly son said, "are you talking about coveting, Dad?" He clearly needs things taught to him in the king james version! LOL!
After real examples of envy we moved on to Bible characters who struggled with envy, and the terrible outcomes, of course.
Then the hard part came, to discuss ways to avoid envy. We decided that being content with the things we already have is the best way, but to pray about it when we feel tempted, is another good way.
Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
* OK Ladies, I have the name of the book (There are actually 2) Bashed Burritos, Green Eggs...and other indoor/outdoor devotionals you can do with your kids. By, Tim and Cheryl Shoemaker. I'll keep posting these on Friday's but feel free to buy the book and let us know how they work with your families!