Read Mark 9:35
This verse is like a weird math problem. If you want to be first, you have to be last. How can you be first and last at the same time? That’s mathematically impossible, right? Wrong. God’s math is WAY different from ours. See, God knows that it’s better to put others first. When you do, you’re showing God that you trust Him. You don’t have to push ahead and get our way all of the time. You honor others by putting them first.
Grab a piece of paper. Think about a time this week when you didn’t choose to put someone else first. Maybe you shoved your way to the front of the line, or chose the bigger half of the cookie. Draw a picture of how you would respond differently if you chose to put the other person first instead.
Thank God for teaching you some new math—that last really means first.
Read Philippians 2:3-4
Think about your morning routine. Sometimes it could be a little busy with everything that has to get done before you get to school. At any point do you stop and think about putting someone else first? Did you let your little brother choose his cereal before you? Did you ask your mom what she had planned for the day?
It’s easy to put yourself first, to think about what you want and do whatever you have to do to get it. But God wants you to think about others first. He wants you to stop thinking about "you" and help someone else. It’s harder. It takes more time. But in the end, showing honor is the better choice.
Grab a piece of cardboard or heavy paper. Cut it into a rectangle to look like a license plate. Draw a thin border around the edge. In the center, write "U B4 ME" (translation: "You before me.") Put your license plate in place where you will see it every morning as a reminder to choose to put someone else first!
Ask God to help you remember UB4ME this week!
Read Matthew 7:12
Have you ever heard of the "golden rule"? The golden rule says to treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s not hard to think about how you would want someone to treat you, right? Of course not! You want people to be kind to you, to listen when you talk and to help you when you need it. When it comes to showing honor, one of the best things you can do is remember the golden rule and to put it into practice. Think about how you would want someone to treat you and then treat the person the same way!
Grab a piece of paper and some crayons. Draw a long, thin rectangle to look like a ruler. Inside the ruler, write today’s verse. Then color the ruler yellow or gold to remind you of the golden rule.
Look for ways to treat others the way you want to be treated this week.
Read 1 Samuel 20:17
The story of David and Jonathan’s friendship is such a great example of honoring someone else. David and Jonathan looked out for each other in so many different situations. Do you have a friend like that? Are you a friend like that?
We have a little ‘honor’ challenge for you this week. Choose for ONE day to put your brother or sister (or someone in your family) FIRST. That means you let your little sister pick the movie you watch, or your little brother gets the bigger brownie, or you let your mom or dad choose the pizza toppings. Think you’re up for the challenge?
Know that we honor others when we choose to put them first.