Welcome your students as they come to class and get them thinking about gift giving.
- Name some different times when you’re likely to receive gifts. (Possible answers may include: birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, etc.)
- Would you rather receive gifts at the same time as other people, or by yourself? Why? (Answers will vary but may include: Being the only one receiving gifts [like on a birthday] means you get more things but having everyone else receive gifts as well [like at Christmas] allows you to share in everyone’s excitement.)
As exciting as it can be to receive gifts, it can be even more rewarding to give things away. Think about a time when you gave a gift to someone.
- What did you give to someone and when? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
- What kind of emotions went into giving that gift? (Students may talk about possible anxiety as they tried to find or make the perfect gift and waited for the person to receive it. Their emotions probably included excitement, hope that it would be well received, self-satisfaction, joy, etc.)
Seeing someone’s smile when they receive your gift is exciting! Knowing that you have been able to share your joy with someone else is often the most fun of all. The student in this video learned how rewarding it can be to give generously.
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Buffalo teen who saw classmate getting picked on for his old shoes, buys him new ones
- What are some of the ways you could tell Romelo was excited to give this gift to Melvin? (Possible answers might include: He paid attention to what his needs were, he saved his allowance to buy the shoes, he reinforced that his friend didn’t need to pay him back, etc.)
- Do you think Romelo felt like he had to give Melvin this gift? What makes you think that? (It appears Romelo gave this gift out of care for his friend rather than obligation.)
Giving should be a joyful experience! But it’s only rewarding when it is something that really comes from our hearts. Today’s lesson gives us a better idea of what kind of giving God really wants.