For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Talking to God
Thank God that He offers the gift of friendship and love to us, and ask Him to help you know and love Him more.
Make a favorite fun drink (smoothie, root beer float, milk shake, etc.) for each member of your family. Give each person a straw to drink through. Then challenge them to drink the liquid without letting the straw touch it.
When you tried to take a drink without letting the straw touch the liquid, you discovered that it didn't work. It's only when the liquid surrounds the straw that the goodness can flow from the cup and through the straw. Jesus said only God is good (Luke 18:19), so you cannot become good without Him. In order to truly “drink in” God’s goodness, you have to immerse yourself in Him. That’s like drinking in His goodness. You can do this by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and pursuing a relationship with Him. God works in your heart to help you recognize and do His will (Philippians 2:13). As you pray and learn from God’s
Word, you will grow in your relationship with Him, and His goodness is formed in you.
Talking to Each Other
• In what ways do you "drink in" God's goodness?
• What are some things that keep you from doing this?
From Focus on the Family's Thrivingfamily.com. ©  [Jeanne Gowen Dennis]. Used by permission.