The week of May 17th – During the month of May, we are focusing on the virtue of determination.
Find a time this week to gather as a family, read a Bible passage, respond as a family to what you have heard, and pray together.
May Virtue Determination: Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started
What is a virtue? A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.
Bible Story Go the Distance (Peter and John Are Taken to the Sanhedrin) • Acts 3:1–4:21
Bottom Line Keep going even when it gets tough.
Memory Verse Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIrV)
Basic Truth I need to make the wise choice.
Peter and John showed determination even when they were thrown into jail and put on trial. It was a pretty sticky situation. But Peter and John continued to follow Jesus and do what they knew was right. They were able to [Basic Truth] make the wise choice when things were difficult, because they knew it was worth it to finish what they started.
You can choose to finish what you’ve started, too. You can decide it’s worth it even when things get tough.
“Maybe you’re taking piano lessons, and you like to play. But your lessons are getting difficult, the music is harder, and practice isn’t as fun anymore. God can give you the strength to finish your lessons, because it’s worth it to finish what you started.
“Or maybe you joined a soccer team, but it’s harder than you expected. Sometimes you might feel like quitting. With God’s help, you can have the determination to finish what you’ve started. You can use the opportunity to be a good teammate or a good friend or a good helper.
No matter what it is that you need to stick with, remember that God will help you [Bottom Line] keep going even when it gets tough.
- When was the last time you didn’t finish something you started? What kept you from finishing?
- When do you get distracted or find yourself doing something else instead of the thing you’re supposed to be doing?
- What can we do to help us when we want to give up?
- Who encourages you to show determination and finish what you start?
Do you remember our definition for determination? Determination is deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started. That’s easier said than done right? Because sometimes we get tired. Sometimes the task ahead seems impossibly big.
Maybe instead of thinking about the great big thing in front of you, you should start smaller instead. Just do the next right thing—the thing right in front of you. Ask God to remind you that he is with you every step of the way so that you can keep going, even when it’s tough.
Take a pencil and a piece of paper. Make a list of small things you can do right now that will help you move towards a bigger goal or challenge. Put the list someplace where you can see it every day. Try to do the things on your list. When you’ve done them all, make another list of small things that you can do next. Taking small steps towards bigger challengers is one way to [Bottom Line] keep going even when it gets tough.
There are times it is tough to finish what we start. There are times we get tired, or frustrated or we are confused about what to do next. Help us to decide it is worth it to finish what we start and give us the strength to keep going. We love you, God, and we want to love you more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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