October 15, 2023
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Story Focus: In week three, we head to Daniel 1. When Daniel and his friends were captured by Babylonian officials, no one would have known (or possibly even cared) if they continued following God’s laws while they were in captivity. However, in their hearts, Daniel and his friends knew what was right. They decided to stay true to their faith by asking not to eat the king’s food, and God rewarded them for it.
Bottom Line: Do what’s right wherever you are. It’s one thing to make the wise choice when you’re with people who are in charge—like a teacher, coach, or parent. But a kid might start to wonder if they still need to make the wise choice if they’re just with their friends . . . away at camp . . . or even by themselves. We hope that this week will remind kids why it’s important to make the wise choice wherever they might be.
Key Question: When is it hard to do what’s right? It can be important for preteens to think through when difficult moments might happen, so that they can plan how they’ll respond. We open up with this question for kids to think generally about times when it might be more difficult to make the wise choice and demonstrate integrity. We pray that the discussion that follows will lead to some great ideas for kids to put into practice when those difficult moments arise.