As students enter today, have each student share one courageous thing they did last week. Allow plenty of time for volunteers to share their responses.
Courage can take on a lot of different forms. Being courageous isn’t just for firefighters or police officers, although they are definitely very courageous. Athletes, students, musicians, performers, family members, neighbors, and friends all can live courageously.
Share the following video [3:20]:
AMAZING KIDS OF CHARACTER: COURAGE (Accessible Preview)
Ask the following questions related to today’s video clip.
- What are some things the students in this video said about courage? (Students on this video mention that courage is doing something even when you are scared and also courage encompasses trying new things. Students on the video mentioned that courageous professions are firemen, police, even parents! Students also talked about standing up for people’s rights, even if it meant facing a bully, etc.)
- How did twelve-year-old Victor show courage when his dad was hurt and almost drowned? (Victor was courageous because he first of all knew what to do to help his dad who was unconscious in the swimming pool, then he acted on what he knew and safely got his dad out of the pool and propped him up so he wouldn’t slip back into the water. Victor then made phone calls for help and kept his little brother safe as he tended to his dad.)
- What might have happened if Victor had become too afraid to act or to call for help? (Victor’s dad would have surely had brain damage and may have very well died.)
- How did Victor help his dad and stay safe himself at the same time? (Victor had not only heart courage but also knew water safety measures and how to stay calm in times of crisis. Learning these kinds of things also takes courage. It isn’t easy to think about worst case scenarios because that can be scary but educating yourself on how to help others is a courageous thing to do.)
- What did Victor’s mother say about his bravery? (Victor’s mom emphasized not only the courageous act of saving his dad but her son’s selflessness in putting others first was what impressed her most.)
- What do you think it means to be courageous? (As students respond, write their answers on the whiteboard. Some examples may be: saving a life, being brave and trying something new; standing up for something or someone; going out of your way to do something to help another person; taking a risk [physical or emotional or spiritual]; praying for someone who is facing a hardship, learning something new; giving of your time; etc.)
Courage comes in a lot of different forms. Sometimes we feel helpless to act—perhaps out of fear. But we can be courageous with God’s strength. Today we’re going to talk about someone who tapped into God’s strength to act courageously, save God’s people, and join in their fight.