We started a new unit of lessons last night! See the parent guide below for lesson descriptions, questions to continue the conversation and activities you can do with your student!
Our lesson last night came from Matthew 14:22-36 where Jesus walks on water and Peter steps out of the boat to meet him. When his eyes were fixed on Jesus, Peter walked on water! But as soon as he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. We talked about how Jesus wants us to keep our eyes fixed on him but that with life's distractions we sometimes take our eyes of Jesus, just as Peter did. And when we do that, we begin to sink, to struggle, to doubt, to wonder if God really is with us. In order to understand what it's like to try and keep our eyes on Jesus through distractions, students had the chance to wear noise canceling headphones while others tried to communicate different actions to perform. Our relationship with God is sometimes like that. His voice his muffled, distant, or hard to understand when we are distracted by friends, busy schedules, technology, sports, etc. Not that these things are bad but if we don't make time for God, we will sink, just as Peter did. Ask your student what distractions they encounter and how they can calm some of those distractions.
My name is Josiah from Grand Rapids Michigan and I follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Also middle schoolers are cool.