Our memory verse this month is: “Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIrV
Sometimes it seems like our kids honestly don’t see the dirty dishes on the counter, toothpaste in the sink, or shoes piled by the door. That is why we are spending the month of May talking about INITIATIVE! But initiative is more than just seeing what needs to be done; it’s also doing something about it.
Bottom Line: When you see something big to be done, ask God for help.
Ask: What is something you do to make the world a better place?
Pray: Read Nehemiah 1. Ask God for the energy to get all the little jobs done and for courage to face even the biggest jobs.
This week in Sunday School, the kids heard about Nehemiah’s initiative when he set out to fix the wall when no one else would step up. He went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And that’s the initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved! Work doesn’t have to be a bad thing. God created us to work. We should complete our jobs like we are working for God, not our bosses.
Bottom line: When you see what needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it.
Ask: What is something you can do to make the world a better place?
Pray: Read Nehemiah 2: 1-9, 11-18. Pray that God will open our eyes and hearts to the work that needs to be done around us. Let us have the inner strength to follow our own initiative to help even when no one else steps up
We will focus on a different part of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 5: 1-12. While everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was the taskmaster of rebuilding the wall, even though he was the leader, and even though he was in charge, he stopped building the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to help them figure out a solution.
Bottom line: When you see people need help, don’t wait for someone else to help them.
Ask: What are some excuses we might give for not helping others in need?
Pray: Read Nehemiah 5: 1-12. Pray for each other to have open eyes for the needs of those around you, a heart that hurts for other’s needs, and hands willing to jump in and do the work to help them.