Today your student learned about Jesus being the strength he or she need to persevere. Your student was challenged to think about who those people are in their life that serve as their encouragers and give them the strength they need to carry on. Talk to your student about the people in your life who give you encouragement and help you get through the day.
CENTRAL TRUTH: Jesus is the strength we need to persevere.
- Dwell: The writer uses a great illustration that creates a powerful word picture as we think about laying aside sin that entangles us. Think about something that you have gotten tangled up in when you were walking or running. The picture is not of something that stops us, but what slows us down. As you think about these Scriptures this week, think about those areas of your life where you are allowing “small sins” to slow you down. They are not the giant sins that we seem to avoid, but the small ones that will slow us down and eventually render us ineffective. What will it take to lay those aside?
- Memorize: Hebrews 12:1-2
- Pray: Let your prayer today revolve around the strength that Jesus gives us to make it through another day. Think of a time when Jesus gave you strength that you needed at just the right time and thank Him for that. Pray that you can be a source of encouragement to your son or daughter and that they will see you as a part of their great cloud of witnesses.
Tonight your student learned about how true joy comes when we learn how to live in contentment with our purpose, place, and priorities in Christ. You student was challenged to think about their contentment level. For most students they are not content because of circumstance brought about by themselves, parents, friends, and society. True contentment is not in any way related to circumstances true contentment is tuned to the deeper reality of the Gospel and God’s Kingdom.
CRITICAL QUESTION: How can the source of stress be replaced by a deeper understanding of the gospel?