We are starting a new series at NYM called Plot Twist!
We're Teaching This:
Sometimes life throws us unexpected curveballs. Sometimes there's an accident on the highway that makes you late for work, or a you get hit with a bill that makes your family budget really tight for a few months. Maybe your sister-in-law adopted a pet monkey that you have to take care of while her family is on vacation (monkeys can't go on airplanes, so SOMEONE has to watch it).
Other times, those curveballs are bigger and more serious...
...maybe a loved one gets a bad diagnosis.
...someone you know walks out on their family and wreaks havoc on their relationships.
...you lose your job and wonder how you'll be able to provide for your family.
Life can be unpredictable, kind of like a plot twist in a movie - those moments you never saw coming.
However, it's in these moments that we learn to truly rely on God. For the next three weeks, we're going to be looking at the life of the Apostle Paul and what the Bible says about going through hardships. Talk about a guy who understands suffering, Paul was beaten with rods, exiled, shipwrecked, and exiled for his faith in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 11:16-30), yet in his suffering, he bragged about the peace of Jesus Christ, even when life was out of his control.
In 2 Corinthians 4 we are reminded that life can hit us hard, but God uses those plot twists in our lives to remind us who he is and that we can only find our true satisfaction in him. The gospel is why we can say that we are "hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)."
In this series, we want your student to know that even when there's trouble, you can trust God.
Bottom Line: Even When There's Trouble, You Can Trust God.
- What are some dreams you have for your life? What are some things you hope happen as you grow up and get older? (Parent: Share some of your dreams for your life, either when you were a kid, or now)
- What are some moments that let you down? What are some things in your life that have disappointed you? (Parents: Share a "plot twist" moment from your own life).
- When a "plot twist" moment hits do you tend to 1) glaze over it and act like everything is fine? or 2) shut down because it's too much for you to handle?
- Read Romans 8:28. How does this verse make you feel knowing that God uses both GOOD and BAD things in your life?
Think About This:
As a parent, how can you help your student thrive when life's disappointments hit? Here are three ideas you might want to consider this week:
- Offer encouragement - you can stand with them and be the constant presence they need, even when they are shaken. Point them back to who God is, and remind them that you're on their side.
- Offer an apology - None of us are perfect and we all cause pain, even accidentally. The words "I'm sorry" go a long way in healing relationships.
- Offer forgiveness - Remember, none of us are perfect, and that goes both ways. Your student will blow it and let you down, maybe even intentionally hurt you, but even in disappointment, you can offer some healing words: I forgive you.