(The following is a family devotional guide with suggested questions and scriptures.)
Focus Verse: I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. -Psalm 139:14
T-Talk About It
Tell me a good quality you have. Now, tell me something you struggle liking about yourself.
A-Anchor To The Bible
Though we have many good qualities about us, we sometimes get stuck on what we perceive as “flaws” – things we don’t like about ourselves, things that make us different than others, or things that others point out and perhaps make fun of. Sometimes, we can focus on our negatives so much, it can make us pretty sad. It might even cause us to wonder why God would make us this way.
But, God wants us to know a few reasons why He made us the way He did.
God made you special and unique, specifically different than others. In fact, the Bible says He knit us together inside our mamas intentionally, adding in our mama’s DNA, our dad’s DNA, and even some gifts and talents from Him. And you know what? He calls us masterpieces; Psalm 139:14 says we were made in an amazing and wonderful way.
Can you tell me some good things you got from your mom? From your dad? From God?
God made you in a way He could demonstrate His power and strength. In John 9, Jesus and his disciples were walking past a man who was born blind. Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus why this happened. Jesus’s response was this: “This man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him.” What you may call a “flaw” is an opportunity for you to lean on God for help and support and be a witness to others who are struggling with liking themselves. God has a plan for you – a plan for Him to be big in your life if you will trust Him with your “flaws”!
Read John 9:1-6 and talk about the way Jesus healed this man.
God is after a relationship with us. Not only is God our Father, but He is also our Savior, our Helper, our Counselor, and so many other wonderful roles! He yearns for a deeper, more meaningful relationship with is. He made us in such a way that we would need Him. God is hoping we can lean on Him in our areas of weaknesses or flaws so that we deepen our relationship with Him, loving and trusting Him more.
How much do you talk with God? How could you add Him into your day more?
L-Learn God’s Word
It can be so easy to get frustrated when we are different than others, but our differences can be opportunities for Him to be even bigger in our lives. Trusting Him is the key! So, next time you start feeling bummed about yourself, spend time talking to God, and focus on turning our focus verse into a prayer: “Thank you, God, for making me this way. Help me to see it as wonderful and trust You to help me live in a way that shows others I love you and trust You.”
K-Keep Each Other Accountable
Here are a few ideas to keep everyone in check with this week’s TALK.
The next time you get sad about some of the things you don’t like about yourself, make a list of good things/qualities/strengths you have. Better yet, do this with a parent! Thank God for these things. The best remedy to combat this sadness or depression about our perceived “flaws” is to thank God for all the good we do have! The more we focus on the good, the less we will focus on the “bad”. And that’s a good thing!
Here are a few more people in the Bible who had struggled with their weaknesses, but God worked through their perceived “flaws” to do great things in their lives:
- Moses stuttered and didn’t feel comfortable talking, let alone leading people, but God empowered Him to do just that!
- David was a shepherd boy who hung out with sheep all day long (and probably smelled like it), yet God chose him to be King.
- Hannah was sad and depressed because she couldn’t have a child, yet God blessed her to have a baby boy named Samuel.
- Naaman, and amazing general from a pagan nation, had leprosy, but God healed him and used him as a light to a pagan nation of unbelievers.
- Zacchaeus was a despised tax collector who was very short, but Jesus showed up in his life, saved him, and worked through him, changing his life.
Motivate each other to memorize our focus verse this week. Write the memory verse on a chalkboard and display it by the door. Have them say the verse each morning and initial they did so.