Background Scripture: Luke 21:1-4
Memory Verses: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV
Charlie’s school was having a toy drive for the local orphanage. All the children were asked to donate one of their best toys. Later, the teachers would wrap each toy and give them out to the children at the orphanage.
Charlie was nervous about what to give because he did not have much to give himself. Over the last year, he and his family had struggled financially.
Charlie watched as other children gave gifts that were much more expensive than his. All he had to give was a small teddy bear that he loved as a younger boy. Embarrassed by his gift, he quickly handed the teddy bear to the teacher and walked off.
As he hurried away, the teacher called his name. He wanted to pretend like he didn’t hear her, but he knew it would be trouble if he did not respond. With his head down, he slowly walked back towards his teacher. When he was in front of her, she asked, “How did you know?”
Confused, Charlie looked up. “What do you mean by how did you know?”
The teacher said, “How did you know we were looking for one of these bears? One of the little girls who recently lost her family in a fire asked if we could find a bear like this. Her mom and dad had given her one the night before the fire. She lost it in the fire, and she wanted something to remember them by.”
Charlie responded, “I didn’t know. It was the best I had to give.”
Thought: Your best is all God asks of you.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your generosity towards us. Without you, we would have nothing. Help us to remember what is most important to you. Help us to always give our best to you. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.
Mission Challenge: Give a toy to a child in need.
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