This family devotional was borne out of wanting Finn to treat his brother well. Overall, he’s pretty gentle and nice to Justus, but every once in a while he’ll snatch a toy from Justus or be a little too rough. We wanted him to be able to think about how others might feel based on his actions. This is a lot for a three-year-old but I was surprised by how much this resonated with him. We’ve referred back to this “do unto others” verse multiple times since discussing it.
“Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.”
We ended up doing this family devotional because earlier that day, Finn had made a reference about God “liking” him if he did the right thing. I wanted to emphasize to him that God loves us no matter what – even if and when we leave him and disobey him – He always loves us and always wants us to return to Him. Even though the story seemed a bit mature for his age, I felt called to share this prodigal son devotional with him.
Today our family devotional was based on our church’s reading plan through the New Testament. We focused on a verse in the book of Acts where Paul is speaking to the Ephesian elders and he quotes Jesus. (If you want to read a brief article about this quote, which is present here in Acts but is not quoted in any of the gospels, check out this link.)