Friday, November 21, 2008

Object Lesson #3

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!


Bonita said...

I'm really enjoying learning right along with your family. Such great object lessons!

On Purpose said...

These are great, and right at kids level...oh and my level too....hehe!

momstheword said...

Cute idea. We turned the milk green one day) but the kids thought it tasted funny. In fact, I thought it tasted funny too! I thought the book was Family Treasure Chest (or whatever that book is called, I am to lazy to walk downstairs).

Chatty Kelly said...

Great ideas, this book. I love how your darling daughter wanted to share. How sweet. And your Kings James young man. LOL!! Great lesson.

Edie said...

Thanks for sharing these great lessons, and the name of the book too. This lesson would require courage to apply to my grandaughters. 1) They are the pickyest eaters (or non-eaters) on the planet so the meal would be painful for the adult. 2) The not-sharing part would likely create a riot! We're working on it though. Baby steps, baby steps. :D

Sue J. said...

I do like being a part of your family as you share these lessons with us.

Mary Moss said...

These are great lessons! How blessed your children are. I was just in a conversation yesterday that too many of today's children don't realize/comprehend that THEY are not the center of the universe. When they learn godly lessons like these they are better able to maintain a healthy self-image and a healthy fear of God. (There . . . I'll get off my soapbox!)

B His Girl said...

These devotionals are so fun. What a great way to learn! Your kids are going to talk about these lessons later in life.