Today, at the start of a new year, let’s remember that God loves us for who we are, not just what we do. God made you. He loves you. He wants good things for you.
To understand that a little more, let’s learn about the word, “Identity.” Watch this video together and talk about the questions below!
Now, talk about it!
Here are some ways to get you started as you help your kids understand who God made them to be.
- Make a list of things you know about yourself. For example, your list might look like this: “Son, Big brother, Wears glasses, Has two arms, Knows how to do fractions, Likes chocolate ice-cream, Can ride a bike,” etc. You might have a really long list! Talk about how these are things that are a PART of you, but they’re not WHO YOU ARE. They don’t make you, you.
- Practice telling each other, “You’re made by God, you’re loved by God.” This might feel a little weird at first. That’s OK! It takes practice to remind each other who we really are. It also takes time to believe it.
- Look up the meaning of your names. You might be surprised to find out what your first, middle, and last names mean! And when you put them all together, do they tell you anything about how God feels about you?
- To go deeper, talk about times when you feel like you’re supposed to be different from who you are. For example, do you ever feel like you wish you were bigger or stronger than you are? Or older, or younger? What do you wish you knew how to do? What are things you wish you didn’t do? When we’re open and honest, it helps to build trust. It also helps us to know how to pray for each other.
- Pray together. Ask God to remind you that you’re his kid. Tell Him the things you love about yourself, and about each other. Thank God for making you the way you are, and putting you in your family.
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