FAMILY DEVOTION: PRIDE vs. HUMILITY
Deep down, we all — kids and parents alike– want to be good at something. In our younger years we look at famous people who have excelled in our area of interest and think “I want to be like them.” As we grow up and continue to develop our skills, we maybe become more realistic about our abilities, yet we continue to look at others who are “successful” and wonder how to achieve the same status. How can we help our kids follow their dreams, yet help them stay focused on becoming “famous in God’s eyes” rather than famous by the world’s standards?
READ TOGETHER & DISCUSS
1. Psalm 131:1 — What are some characteristics of a proud heart? What are some ways a proud heart might make us act or think?
2. Psalm 131:2 — What does it mean to have a quiet heart? What are some signs that we are content?
3. Pride is the opposite of humility. Read the following scriptures and talk about the differences between pride (when we’re focused on making ourselves famous), and humility (when we’re focused on making God famous.)
- Romans 12:3
- Philippians 2:3-11
- Isaiah 55:8-15
- Jeremiah 10:6-7
PRIDE DUDE VS. HUMILITY DUDE —
Compare and Contrast Pride and Humility
- Tell your kids that you’re going to introduce them to each of the opponents. Draw two large stick figures side by side. Say: Meet Proud Dude and Humble Dude (or Dudettes.) As you compare and contrast these guys during the lesson, write down brief captions next to the figures.
- As you draw the eyes on each, explain that Proud Dude only likes to look at himself. Occasionally he sees other people, but when he does, it’s only to see their mistakes, weaknesses, and failures. Humble Dude sees God first and then others. He knows that people matter to God, so he treats them with dignity, worth, and respect.
- As you draw the mouths, explain that Proud Dude brags about himself constantly. He’s always telling us about his good grades, his 4 soccer goals, how he is the most popular student and so very cute. He complains about other people and talks about them behind their backs. Humble Dude is often talking about how awesome God is. He also is known to brag about others. Like, “Did you see her art project? It’s amazing! I can’t believe that girl can draw like that. What a gift!” Humble Dude uses his words to encourage everyone!
- As you draw the ears, talk about how Proud Dude hates to be told what to do. He doesn’t like to hear that he is wrong about anything, so he starts fights when he is corrected. Humble Dude realizes that sometimes he makes mistakes, so he hears people out and he apologizes for sin. (Proverbs 13:10)
- As you draw the hands, put a boxing glove on Proud Dude’s hand. Tell your kids that he is always causing fights because he never gets what he wants. Read James 4:1-2. Humble Dude should have a balloon, a flower, or any other treat in his hand. Humble Dude honors other people above himself and is peaceable and considerate. (Titus 3:2) He makes people happy.
- As you draw the feet, say that Proud Dude often stomps his. He demands his own way. He thinks he deserves to be served. In contrast, Humble Dude is always walking towards needs. He helps people without being asked.
- As you draw little stick figures surrounding each of them (to represent their friends, family, pastors, teachers, etc.), ask your kids whether they think that Proud Dude gets along with anyone? What about Humble Dude? What might God think of each of them?
- As the kids answer, start scribbling out Proud Dude’s relationships. You may want to even use black paint and a paintbrush to get rid of these people completely. Tell them that Pride is a source of destruction. It destroys everything – friendships, relationships, even yourself. Pride ends up all alone. In contrast, add more stick figures to Humble Dude’s group. Humility builds relationships because people feel loved and valued.
- Write, “GOD” one time at the top of the paper. What does God think? In 1 Peter 5:5 it says that, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” It also says that God detests pride. Proud Dude is foolish. However, in Proverbs 22:4, it says, “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Humble Dude just keeps getting blessed by God over and over!
- So, the question is this: Who wins the fight of life in the end? Who would be the heavyweight champion? Have your kids give applause to declare the winner. Will it be Proud Dude? (No.) Will it be Humble Dude? (Yes!)Find the rest of this lesson and more activity ideas at ministry-to-children.com