Protecting What is Precious in You

Psalms 119:59-60

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

Talking to God

Spend some time thanking God for the protection He provides.

Diving In

Play a game of capture the flag. Divide into two teams, with each team having its own "flag." (You can use any item that can be easily carried.) After both teams have found a secure location to place their flag, the game begins. The object of the game is for family members to make their way into the opposing team's territory, grab the flag and return to their own territory without being tagged. Each team will have to work both offensively and defensively.

Going Deeper

It’s important to have defenses in place to protect things that are precious to you.

Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” The Bible teaches that developing self-control is a way to protect yourself from things that could harm you. When you practice self-control, you’re building strong walls that will keep important things safe — things like your love for God and for others.

Talking to Each Other

- Can you describe what walls around a city used to look like? How is self-control like city walls?

- What kinds of things do you find in cities that need to be protected? What kinds of things has God placed in you that need to be protected?

- In what areas do you have a hard time practicing self-control? How can these areas be strengthened so you are better protected from harm?

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