INITIATIVE—Seeing what needs to be done and doing it
Memory Verse: “Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIrV
WEEK 1 NEHEMIAH 1:1–2:1-9 Nehemiah Hears About the Wall
SAY THIS: Be on the lookout for what needs to be done.
WEEK 2: NEHEMIAH 2:11-18 Nehemiah Plans to Rebuild the Wall
SAY THIS: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.
WEEK 3: NEHEMIAH 5:1-12 Nehemiah Helps the Poor
SAY THIS: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
WEEK 4: NEHEMIAH 2:19-20, 4,6 Nehemiah and Sanballat
SAY THIS: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
WEEK 5: NEHEMIAH 3–4 Wall is Rebuilt
SAY THIS: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
Morning time: Say this as you say goodbye to your child this morning, “Find a task that needs to be done in school today and go for it! You rock!”
Drive time: Make a special trip to grab some ice cream or any special treat and tell your child you are going to celebrate! What are we celebrating? Ask them to think about what God has done this week in their life and talk about it while enjoying your special dessert. If they have a hard time thinking of an idea, prompt them with something you have seen!
Q & A for kids: What is something you never seem to see that needs to be done? (e.g., dirty clothes on the floor) (Hint: Your parent probably knows the answer to this if you don’t.)
Q & A for parents: Are you more distracted by people, technology or other tasks when it comes to finishing a job?
Bed time: Read Nehemiah 2:11-18. Brainstorm some things you’ve seen that need to be done that your family could do together. Maybe it’s inviting a new family in the neighborhood for dinner, or cleaning up the trash in an empty lot. Then, don’t wait for someone else to do it. Instead, plan a time this week for your family to jump into action. Pray together and ask God to help you follow through.
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