Kids Face Moral Dilemmas
Each and Every Day.
Help Children PREPARE for
Life's "Sticky Situations" with Devotions!
Let's face it: being a kid today is NOT easy.
There's a lot to worry about:
- There are bullies roaming the halls at school
- There are "in crowds" who don't allow "outsiders" to sit with them at lunch
- There are teammates on sports teams who put others down
- There are fellow students who cheat on tests
- and that's just the tip of the iceberg...
Sadly, most kids are more prepared for a FIRE at their school than a run in with a bully!
Because in most states, public school students have to participate in two fire drills a year. This prepares kids to respond safely in the event of a fire.
But what about the daily dilemmas of life?
I've never heard of a "Cheating Drill" or a "Bully Drill", but kids are far more likely to face a friend cheating on a test than they are to be caught in a burning building.
It's time we face the facts:
Most parents, churches, and schools FAIL
in preparing kids to handle moral dilemmas.
The solution? Devotions.
Devotions allow kids to experience moral dilemmas in a safe, secure environment, think about the "right" thing to do, and receive guidance from an experienced teacher or parent.
So when that challenging situation pops up in real life, they know exactly how to respond in a way that's consistent with their Christian values.
For example, here's a quick devotion that helps kids respond appropriately if one of their friends steals:
Angela Sees More Than She'd Like To
Moral Dilemmas Covered: Stealing * "Ratting Out" * Peer Pressure
Angela and Maria volunteered to work a booth at their church’s annual fair. Money from sales were kept in a box under the counter. Angela stepped away from the booth for a few minutes, and when she returned, Maria was taking some money out of the box and shoving it into her pocket.
Angela didn’t know what to do. She hoped no one would notice that some of the money was missing.
A few days later Angela learned that that the booth she and Maria had been working at drew in the least amount of money of all the booths. That didn’t make sense because it was one of the most popular booths. The pastor decided someone must have stolen some money and asked that everyone pray for that person.
Although some of her schoolmates were pointing fingers at a new boy in school, Angela said nothing. She didn’t want to be known as a rat who squealed on one of the most popular girls in school.
Scriptures to help Angela decide what to do:
- Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
- Matthew 12:30
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
- Hebrews 10:35
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
A) not tell anyone. She should tell herself that if anyone found out she told she would be known as someone who ratted out one of their friends.
B) tell people it couldn’t have been the new boy because he never came near their booth all night. At least that will stop people from accusing the wrong person of stealing.
C) tell an authority. It’s tough, but by not saying what she witnessed, Angela became a partner to the crime. She should remember that while Maria is very popular, it may not be a good idea to have her for a friend.
D) confront Maria, get the money, and try to give it back to the pastor herself. She’ll look good to him, and maybe if she does something wrong later, he’ll remember that she’s not all so bad.
Most Christian Response: Angela should tell an authority. It’s tough, but by not saying what she witnessed, Angela became a partner to the crime. She should remember that while Maria is very popular, it may not be a good idea to have her for a friend.
It seems as if one of the worst things that can happen to a kid is to be known as someone who told on a classmate. But in truth, by not letting her pastor know what she suspected, Angela has unknowingly become a partner to Maria’s crime.
It isn’t easy, but there are times when an adult can know best how to handle a sticky problem, and turning it over to them gets you out from under a heavy burden that wasn’t yours to begin with.
Kids who don’t look for a good authority to tell when a classmate or friend does wrong are not helping themselves; they’re allowing themselves to be used as doormats. Keep confident, seek out trustworthy authorities, and don’t let people wipe their feet on you!
Don't you think a child would be more prepared to handle a real-life stealing situation after reviewing this devotion?
Just like a professional opera singer or an Olympic athlete, practice is what prepares us to succeed during life's important moments.
Devotions provide practice for everyday life.
Have I convinced you?
Ready to start using devotions with the kids in YOUR life?
The devotion above comes straight from my latest resource:
Daily Dilemmas: 26 True-to-Life Devotions for Kids
It's a collection of devotions that tackle the 26 most common (and concerning) moral challenges that face children each and every day:
|Daily Dilemma #1
||Emily Gets an Earful at the Mall
friendship * gossip * sharing
|Daily Dilemma #2
||Owen Faces the Baseball Bully
bullying * getting even * revenge * sportsmanship
|Daily Dilemma #3
||Eli Has Trouble Forgiving
cheating * fairness * revenge * forgiveness
|Daily Dilemma #4
||Rachel Gets Too Much Back
honesty * peer pressure * stealing
|Daily Dilemma #5
||Lyle Sees What’s Really Going On
cheating * fairness * honesty * peer pressure
|Daily Dilemma #6
||Jana Can’t Quite Help Herself
bed wetting * revenge * losing friends * loyalty
|Daily Dilemma #7
||Conner’s Win Feels Like a Loss
jealousy * boasting * handling success * teasing
|Daily Dilemma #8
||Ellie Thinks She Messed Up
friendship * obedience to God * sacrificing for friends
|Daily Dilemma #9
||Max Shares the Gospel…or Tries To
persecution over faith * witnessing
|Daily Dilemma #10
||Jerry Gets Offered a Bribe
bribes * peer pressure * “ratting out”
|Daily Dilemma #11
||Linglee Plays Awful Slumber Party Games
occult * fear * peer pressure
|Daily Dilemma #12
|| Bobby Steals a Tire
lying * stealing * honesty
|Daily Dilemma #13
||Claudia Wins at Solitaire…Sort of
cheating * superficial behavior * honesty
|Daily Dilemma #14
||Janee Gets Super Embarrassed
superficial behavior * friendship * consideration
|Daily Dilemma #15
||Jesse’s Visit is Uneasy
respect for elders * consideration
|Daily Dilemma #16
||Cora Fights Shyness
shyness * loyalty * friendship
|Daily Dilemma #17
||Raoul Can’t Find His Homework
respect for authority * priorities * responsibility
|Daily Dilemma #18
|| Linglee’s Walk Home Alone
fear * strangers * respecting authority
|Daily Dilemma #19
||Angela Sees More Than She’d Like To
stealing * “ratting out” * peer pressure
|Daily Dilemma #20
||Alex Doesn’t Get Caught, But….
cheating * confessing * guilt
|Daily Dilemma #21
||Jewel Gets Caught in a Lie
lying * losing friends * consideration
|Daily Dilemma #22
||Michael is Part of a Gang…Temporarily
bullying * loyalty * peer pressure
|Daily Dilemma #23
||Nicole Gets Lost at Dusk
fear * trusting God * responsibility
|Daily Dilemma #24
||Cary’s Piano Solo Falls Flat
sportsmanship * showing off * fairness
|Daily Dilemma #25
||Malcolm is in the Middle
comparing yourself to others * self esteem
|Daily Dilemma #26
||Jaime Babbles at a Funeral
death * what to say at a funeral
Each devotion is set up in a simple,
by step way that's fun and easy to use!
The "Daily Dilemmas" are split into four parts:
Scenario. Students will first read a true-to-life scenario where children just like them are put in everyday situations where tough choices are required.
Related Scriptures. Students will look up/read scriptures, three with each devotion, that may apply to the situation; (A glossary is provided for all scriptures referenced in the devotions, or you can have older children get more familiar with their own Bibles by having them look up the scriptures)
Possible Solutions. Students will be asked to rank four possible solutions from #1 (best answer for Christians) to #4 (least good answer for Christians).
Reflections. Provided only for teachers to read after solutions are ranked, this section will allude to proper choices and will help generate discussion about the scenarios, scriptures and solutions.
||The scenarios are appropriate for children ages 6-12.
||Each devotion is concise, interesting, and relevant. Most can be tackled in 5-10 minutes with ZERO preparation.
||Use as a discussion starter at the beginning or end of Sunday School OR with your own family around the dinner table
||Can be used by any Christian denomination & with any Bible translation
||Terrific platform to share personal experiences, values, and knowledge with the kids in your life.
||You can read the scenarios aloud to the kids OR make copies of the devotion so that kids can work independently (parents really enjoy seeing the printed devotion come home each week so they can continue to conversation on the way home...)
||All the devotions are indexed by topic, so it's easy to find just the right "practice scenario" for your current needs.
Here's the great news.
You can get instant access to "Daily Dilemmas: 26 True-to-LIfe Devotions for Kids" for just $29!
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May God Bless you for sharing your faith with your children.
PS- Here's one final thought I'd like to leave you with...
It's wonderful for children to learn the important stories, characters, and lessons of the Bible.
However, if kids are unable to APPLY Christian morals to their lives and ACT with Christ as their guide, I feel we have failed as parents and spiritual teachers.
Devotions are the single most
to prepare children
to respond honorably in
We all need practice in order to perform well under pressure. Please do your children a favor and give them the practice they desperately need!