YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kindness (Bible Thought ABC for Teens)

Kindness -
Is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behaviour, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and understood as a good value in many cultures. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindness) 

Story: (You can change the names of the persons and places in the story)
Saria was on her way to Sunnyside to visit her Grandmother which she had not seen for several months. On her way she was attacked, mugged and beaten by a local gang. After some time Kefilwe, a student, came along. She ignored the person in need and passed by. A bit later Jesse, a shop-owner down the road, walked by and ignored her as well. Saria cried quietly and said to herself with a weak voice: “Is there no one willing to help me?” While she was still struggling to get up a beggar from the city, called Baruti, came along. As he saw Saria he quickly ran to her, and helped her to lie more comfortable. Then he immediately ran to find help. Within the next hour Saria was save in an ambulance car on her way to the next hospital. Later Saria asked the paramedic: “Who was the kind man who stopped and helped me while no one else cared?” “This man is just another beggar on the street” he replied. Saria disagreed, “Today he was my personal guardian.”  

- What does it mean to be kind?
- How far would you go to show kindness to someone else?
- Did Baruti (the beggar) expect anything in return for his act of kindness?

Most of the time we think: “I have done something nice and good to you – the least what I can expect back is your thankfulness towards me.” But kindness is given or shown towards someone else without expectations. We should be kind not with the thought to receive something in return. Kindness should be given as well to people who have disappointed you in the past. 

Bible passage:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Think about:
We disappoint God on a regular basis. We might try to do good, then we fail and God still loves us. God continuously cares for you and me – he is kind to us. As we receive kindness from our creator, it would be great to pass this kindness on to others around us.
This does not come naturally, it is an extra effort which needs to start in ourselves.

Game: I know you (optional)
Divide the youth into small-groups (4-6 teens in each group). If possible, have the teens in each group sit together at separate tables. Tell the youth to look around at everyone in their group, and have them write down the first name of each member on the left-hand side of their piece of paper. Order is not important. Then, tell them to write down something kind (nice) about each person next to their name. What they write must be positive, not hurtful or degrading. This game is ideally for age 7-12, but I am convinced that teens can be challenged through this activity as well. (emphasis mine; http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Activities/1activity09.php)

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