In Focus - Elementary - October 2015
God created kids with an individual box of potential and our jobs as people who are leaders in the lives of children is to help them figure out how to open it and use it.
There’s a tendency to treat kids like they need to wait before they can start discovering what’s in their box—before they can do something that matters. But kids can use their gifts right now. Sometimes they just need some help figuring out what’s in their box.
That’s where we come in. As leaders in kids’ lives, we can help them discover how to tap into their God-given potential. If we teach kids to find purpose NOW, they’ll grow up knowing the even greater potential God has for them in the future.
That’s why for our memory verse this month we chose a moment where Paul was encouraging Timothy to use the gifts God gave him to serve the church. In 1 Timothy 4:12a, Paul writes: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live”(NIrV).
We don’t talk about Timothy a lot, but he is a perfect example of a young individual who had incredible potential. A handful of insightful adults in his life recognized what was in his box and helped him open it. And because of that, Timothy had tremendous impact on the growth of the early church. His story is an incredible example of individuality.
Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Sometimes we remember Timothy because of what Paul wrote to him while he was a young leader in the church at Ephesus. But if you do a little digging in the book of Acts, and you look at what we know about the journeys of Paul, you can piece together a pretty remarkable story about a young man who discovered his unique God-given potential and did some amazing things.
This month, we have the opportunity to help kids discover the same thing. We can open someone’s box and help them see something inside that they can use right now, maybe something about their story or some talent they may not know they have. When you help a child begin to understand that God made them and God has given them unique abilities to love and to serve others, it has a lasting impact—not only because of what they accomplish right now, but because they are establishing a pattern of living that can change the course of their story.
Bible Story: And to Think That I Saw Him on the Road to Damascus (Paul shares his story with Timothy) 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference.
Bible Story: Oh, the Places We’ll Go (Paul chooses Timothy) Acts 16:1-5
Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference.
Bible Story: Oh, the Gifts We Can Gift (Paul writes to the Corinthians) 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27
Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we can make a greater difference.
Bible Story: Timothy of Lystra, Can You Please Lead Now (Timothy as a young leader) 1 Timothy 4:12
Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now.
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