We all have stories of what has happened in our lives. The question is what is your story about? Who is the main character of your story?
Begin this exercise with having your kids think through the story of their lives thus far. Have them list the top 5 characters they think are the main people in their story. Go around and have each child share who they think are the main characters.
Chances are they are going to say “Me” as a main character, but many times they will not even think of God as a supporting character. The reason you want to do this exercise at a young age with children is because we all need to realize that as Christians the story really revolves around God. We are just a little part of God’s big plan He has for this world. Our lives are short in comparison to all He is doing. This does not mean that our lives are insignificant. It does mean though that if you recognize that God is really the center of all that you live for, then you will be living differently than if you are the center.
For example, if I am the center of my life, when if I tell a lie to keep me out of trouble I will have no problem with it because I did not get in trouble. I will falsely feel pleased with myself for not getting caught. But if I recognize that God is the center of my life then if I tell a lie, I will realize that God is not pleased. If I live to please Him then I will want to come forward and tell the truth.
Who and what we live for makes a huge difference in how we live. So help your kids understand that life is not just about us and what we want, its about honoring our God and King!
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.