May 21, 2017
Elementary School (Stand By Naomi)
In this week’s Bible story, Ruth is determined to stick by Naomi during the very hardest times (Book of Ruth). Both women were widows, but when Naomi decided to go back to her hometown, Ruth insisted on going with her. Ruth didn’t want Naomi to feel alone and overwhelmed with how her life turned out. Sometimes when we decide to help someone, it gets harder than we expected it would. We may have to give something up. We may have to go someplace we really don’t want to go. We may have to courageously speak up when it’d be easier to stay quiet. But be determined to help however long and in whatever way is needed. For a while, the race marked out for us might actually go alongside the race marked out for someone else. We can stick with them, and encourage them to keep on helping each other not give up.
Bible Story: Stand by Naomi (Ruth and Naomi) • Book of Ruth
Bottom Line: God gives you what you need to keep going.
Memory Verse: “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9, NIrV
Life App: Determination—deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started.
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.