While working on the character trait of consistency, it is important to focus on teaching kids the consistency of God. Each and every one of the 52 character traits we focus on in my character development series is a quality of God. We want to live out these traits because we want to be a representative of the all good Lord we worship.
The Bible teaches that God is consistent. We can rely on his character because it is a constant. James 1:17 says, “Every good an perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Just as we can rely on God, we want to be people who are trusted and loyal. We want to be reliable. This quality should be taught to our kids too, which is why I have included consistency in our character development series.
Character Development Series
If you are new to my character development series, let me tell you a little bit more about these lessons. If you check out my character development tab, you will discover 52 character traits we work on throughout the year, which equals one word per week to focus on with your kids.
Hovering over the tab will reveal all of the words. Each character trait has 7-9 lessons, so if you wanted to work on character daily, this can be an amazing resource.
This year, I want to focus on cleaning up my series by presenting the lessons to you be compiling all of my lessons on a particular week, this week focusing on consistency. In this series, you will find a word, definition, scripture to memorize, book lists and a number of activities and crafts related to the topic.
I hope you are inspired to work on character with your kids because being intentional in your parenting will help give great direction to both you and your children.
Here’s our verse for focusing on consistency (although today we look at a different scripture):
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadiest, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” – 2 Corinthians 15:58
Teaching Kids the Consistency of God
Although it’s not the verse of the week, let us look on more time at the verse we are talking about today.
“Every good an perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
I love the image that verses creates. It is a beautiful word picture.
I thought it would be fun to expose my kids to that verse, the character of God and the nature of shadows today. I took hourly pictures of the shadows in the afternoon.
The kids watched how the shadows shift and change throughout the day. I had them try and figure out why shadows move and change. They got it, and we were able to talk about the earth’s rotation. We even watched this short YouTube video about the rotation:
Isn’t it comforting to know that God doesn’t change like the shifting shadows? We should aim to be so consistent. Not boring or un-spontaneous, but consistent. Teaching Kids the Consistency of God is important because kids need to know they always have something they can rely on.