If your lesson is online today, ask students to have an index card and a pen or pencil available for this part of the lesson.
Our relationships with our human parents can have a huge impact on how we see the world and who we become. Our relationship with God has a similar impact. It is normal as a teenager to get frustrated with our parents and feel misunderstood or that our independence is being limited. If your relationship with God is in a similarly tough place right now, consider this week putting yourself in the shoes of a small child, who joyfully trusts in and depends on your dad, like the kids in the video we watched today.
This week, transform everyday moments, like when you look in a mirror and brush your teeth or fix your hair, into holy ones, asking God our Father for His lead and His care in your life.
- What is one way you need God’s lead or guidance in your life this week? (For example, students might have big decisions to make, or need boldness, winsomeness, or wisdom in their interactions with people, or may need help prioritizing, or dealing with a kicking a bad habit. Accept all reasonable answers.)
- What is one way you need God’s care and support in your life this week? (For example, students might be dealing with mental or physical illness, loneliness, self-doubt, or frustration after a big setback or series of disappointing events. Accept all reasonable answers.)
As God’s children we not only receive guidance and care from God, but we can reflect God’s character too. Maybe you resemble God in God’s joy, or creativity, or patience, or mercy.
- Tell about a situation this week where you may have an opportunity to reflect God’s character in a particular way. (For example, students might reflect creativity by offering a fun alternative to a disappointing change in plans. They might reflect patience as they babysit little ones or take a family road trip. They might reflect these and other characteristics in many other ways. Accept all reasonable answers.)
Every morning when standing in front of the mirror doing one of those mundane tasks we talked about earlier, think of one way you need God’s direction in your life that day and ask that God would lead you in that way; think of one way you need God’s care that day and ask God to provide you with support in that way; finally, think of one way you might reflect God’s character as you go about your day and pray that those you interact with would see God’s image in you.
Hand out index cards and pens/pencils to your students. Have them write a simple prompt to put on their mirror this week that will encourage them to have those conversations (example, the card might say, “Hey, Dad…” to remind them to start a conversation with Him).
Close in prayer.
Spend a couple minutes during the week texting or reaching out to the teens in your class. Ask them how they are doing with connecting with God. If they have forgotten, remind them that they can connect with God anytime and any day.