In video games, movies and TV, heavy emphasis is placed on violence, retaliation and selfishness, which only complicates trying to explain meekness to children. However, children's meekness activities will help. Meekness is defined in Bible commentaries and dictionaries as being gentle, kind, patient and humble, which are conscious ways of behavior. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that the "The meek shall inherit the earth" in Matthew 5:5. Help your children learn meekness qualities, and encourage him to choose to demonstrate good choices.
Be a Gentle Person
Have fun with the concept of gentle, and compare it to meekness. Do a variation of the cup-stacking game, taking turns with your child in transferring eggs from one carton to another as quickly as possible. Be prepared for some broken eggs and have fun with the game. Another fun relay-type game is to quickly pick up regular-sized marshmallows with kitchen tongs and place them in a bowl. Check for squished marshmallows to see who was the gentlest.
Show Kindness to Others
Meek people are kind. Take some supplies and pet food to an animal shelter to demonstrate being kind to animals. Challenge your child to make kindness place mats for a family meal. He should write good and kind descriptions about each person. Younger children can draw pictures of kind acts. Let him think of places where he can put some pieces of paper that he has written kind words on. Some suggestions to put the surprise slips of paper include in a sock drawer, in a coat pocket, under a breakfast plate or next to the TV remote control.
Exercise Your Right to Be Patient
Demonstrate how funny we all act at times when we let patience get the best of us. Pop a bag of microwave popcorn, listening to it pop. Talk about how it "blows up" when it is heated, just like we all sometimes do. You can also plant grass seed, green beans and some slower-sprouting seeds in soil. Each day, bring attention to the seeds that are growing quickly and how hard it is to wait for the others to grow.
To demonstrate humility, ask your child to make some winners' medals for someone else, and last place medals for herself. Explain how good it is to not have to always be first. You can also have her make some refrigerator decorations from paper or craft foam. She can write things like, "It's not cool to brag," and "I don't always have to be first or the best."
Toss Up Some Fruit
Read about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Make some lightweight beanbags from nine separate colors of bandannas. Put a ping-pong ball in the center of each one and gather up the bandanna. Tie it together with a ribbon. Have your child write each of the fruit of the spirit words on label stickers and stick them onto the bandanna. Have a tossing game together and read each word before you toss the "beanbag." The Fruit of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
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