Published 11/7/19

101 Five-Minute Meal Time Devotions: Fun and Creative Ways

to Teach your Kids Spiritual Values

By Greg Johnson

What If...

Every school year you have to get used to a new teacher. You also have to:

• Do more homework.

• Worry about looking good in your class pictures.

• Get to know a few more kids in your class that weren’t there last year.

OK, so it’s not major stuff, but that last one often causes the most excitement... and stress.

But what if you were the new kid in town? Imagine heading into a big school of hundreds of different faces and a classroom with at least thirty other strangers. You’d feel out of place, lonely.

This school year there are five new faces in your class. Each hs moved in from another part of the state. Instead of letting time take care of their jitters and fear (which it will), you decide to try to make friends with one of them before class even starts.

“Hi, my name’s Lynn. What’s yours?” you say.

“Hi, I’m Terry. When does class start?”

The bell rings.

“Right now. I’ll see you at recess.”

No response.

When it’s time for recess, you look for Terry right away.

“Hey, do you want to go play on the monkey bars?” you ask.

“No, I don’t think so.”

“How about basketball?”

“No. Do you know where the teacher goes? I gotta ask her something.”

“She’s over there,” you say, pointing toward the building.

Terry runs over to her without saying another word.

Questions to Think On

• If this happened to you, what would you be thinking about how much Terry wants to hang around with you?

• Are you the type who would be persistent or would you take Terry’s remarks as a sign that she doesn’t want to spend time with you?

• Are you the type who jumps to hasty conclusions about people and situations or do you usually give things more time?

• What do you think are the consequences for being hasty in your opinions and decisions?

What Does God Have to Say?

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

Proverbs 19:2

Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 29:20


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