Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the main characters? (Solomon and God)
What are the main beats of the story? (Solomon was very wise, Solomon would often think about life; Solomon wrote down his thoughts.)
What’s the main point? (Life has purpose only with God.)
CONNECT it to the family.
As a family we have a purpose. That purpose is to glorify God. That can be done in many ways, we can befriend our neighbors and share the gospel and pray with them or we can reach our friends at school. Without God our purpose means nothing. We need God to drive our purpose in life.
God, we thank you for your plan for our lives. We thank you for your influence on our lives through the grace that you have shown us. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Solomon Thought About Life)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
Life has purpose only with God.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
What did Solomon ask God for? (wisdom)
How did Solomon feel about vanity or things that focus on us instead of God? (without God, it’s all meaningless)
What is the reason that you and I exist? (to glorify God)
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
Because God loved us enough to send his son to die for us we have purpose. Our lives that are plagued with sin mean more due to the work of Christ on the cross.
RELATE to them.
Solomon knew that without God, it didn’t matter what he did in his life or what he saw in the world. Without God everything was meaningless. We may see and experience things that seem wonderful, but without God that joy will fade. God wants us to know him, trust him, and serve him.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.