Time is a tricky thing. You are given the same 24 hours that everyone else has each day. No more. No less. Once you use it up, you can never get it back. It keeps ticking away at the same speed, but it sure feels like it slows down and speeds up sometimes. Every day we have a choice to make about how we will use our 1440 minutes. Do we use it selfishly, or do we see the time as a gift, not our own, and steward that gift well to honor the Lord? What will you do with your 24 hours today? Keep in mind, honoring God with your time will look different for everyone!
STEWARDSHIP: Honoring God with everything He has given you.
MEMORY VERSE: “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: To Honor God We Steward Our Time
Nehemiah, an Israelite, was cupbearer to the king of Persia when he found out that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down. The king granted him permission to go back and fix the walls. He honored the Lord and stewarded his time wisely while leading the Israelites to rebuild the wall. Nehemiah made a plan and took action. He was prepared for attacks from his enemies and was not distracted by the things of this world. God gave Nehemiah everything he needed to do the job He had for him and the wall was rebuilt in only 52 days!
- Read Nehemiah 4 and 6:15-19. Who or what tried to distract Nehemiah from doing God’s work? How did Nehemiah respond?
- What tries to distract you from doing what you should with your time? When do you waste time? When have you used your time well this week to honor the Lord?
- How did the Lord show that He was in control of everything that was happening in Jerusalem? How did Nehemiah show he trusted the Lord?
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Teacher: Meal Time
As you’re gathered around the dinner table together, read 1 Corinthians 10:31. Ask your family to repeat what the verse said. Ask them how they think eating can honor God (examples: thanking Him for the provision of food, praising Him for His creativity in making food that tastes different and yet works together to create something so tasty, taking the time to express gratitude to those who helped prepare it, etc.) Then talk through other routine, daily activities that you can be mindful of doing to honor the Lord.
Friend: Drive Time
In the car sometime this week, ask your kid(s) what the definition of stewardship is (FYI: It’s, “Honoring God with everything He has given you.” Explain that another way to think about it is: The management or care of something. So, when we honor God by stewarding our time that means we intentionally manage and care about how we spend our time. This can be difficult sometimes with all the distractions around us, but our motivation to honor God will result in us stewarding our time better.
As you are putting your family to bed, begin to memorize this month’s memory verse. “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.” PSALM 37:5. Pray that God will help you to steward you time well.
Make time this week to sit down with your family and make a schedule for each person. Ask your kids what responsibilities they have each week and what things they want to do, tell them to make a list of all these things. Print off a monthly calendar and help them plan out their week. Talk them through what days they should do each responsibility and when they have free time for leisure activities and rest. Have them write it on the calendar so they can see their plan for the week! Try this weekly, or plan for the whole month, but be intentional about asking how they are sticking to their schedule and help them to follow through.
Thank God for the time He has given you. Ask Him to help you steward it better so you can honor Him more with everything you do.
Next week we will continue learning about STEWARDSHIP!
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