Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off:
Stand up for yourself. Don’t let him walk all over you. Man up. Show ‘em who’s boss. Sound familiar? Maybe you’ve said these words before. But most of the time, especially when it comes to the kind of disagreements our kids get into, making your point isn’t the way to peace. Because leading with peace means that you put your relationship with the other person first. It means you decide that getting what you want or even deserve is less important than protecting the friendship. Certainly kids should stand up for themselves if they’re being victimized or bullied. But we need to help them see that winning the argument is far less important than protecting the relationship. Sometimes the very best thing you can do is let it go. Prove you care more about others by walking away from a fight.