Who doesn’t worry? Our culture promotes fear. People have written books about it. Today’s preteens hear stories on the news of staggering unemployment rates, terrorist threats, a struggling economy, and mysterious deaths and kidnappings. A common thought in a culture of fear is, “What are we going to do?” For a lot of people, these problems seem overwhelming and unmanageable. While Christians may not have the ability to fix all the problems in the world, they have hope in the One who can.
Emotions Session 2 will use Jesus’ anxiety-busting statements in Matthew 6 to help preteens recognize the following:
• what’s really important. (Matthew 6:25)
• that God will take care of them. (Matthew 6:26,30)
• that God knows exactly what they need. (Matthew 6:32)
• that seeking God’s kingdom (letting God rule) is the antidote for worry. (Matthew 6:33)
Worry can be redirected by recalling and relying on God’s promises. As you work with preteens, do not belittle their fear. Their worries are just as real as yours. Use FLYTE to help preteens discover promises and Scriptures that will encourage them when they’re afraid.