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Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2018
TRULY GREAT KIDS
Since I'm just a Really Big Kid, I will talk to you like I'm a
kid just like you.
All of us kids want to be 'great'. We want to be better than
all the other kids. I want to hit the baseball better and run
faster and make better grades. Whatever I am doing, I
want to be better than the other kids. Most kids want to
be great at sports and school and art and music. Wanting
to be excellent at what we do is a good thing. It's good for
us kids to want to be great at whatever we are doing. The
challenge is that none of us are better at everything we do
than all the other kids. So, what do we do?
Yes, Jesus expects us to try and be excellent at everything we do, but He really doesn't care if we are better than the
other kids. He just wants us to be the best we can be. You see, Jesus is more concerned about being great forever. This
means He wants us to be great in Heaven after we die. God doesn't care if we are better than the other kids here on
earth. In fact, in Luke 18:14 Jesus tells us that those kids who brag on themselves will be small in His sight, but God will
honor the kids who are shy or modest about their accomplishments. He will consider them to be Great Kids! Jesus
wants us to help other kids and other people. He calls it 'serving' them. When we help other kids and other people and
serve their needs, God will honor us as Great Kids! Jesus considers helping and serving kids and other people to be the
same as serving Him.
Here is my definition of Great Kids: "Great Kids help, serve, and lead other people by showing them and teaching
them to live like Jesus wants us to."
In Matthew 16:27, Jesus tells us that He is coming back for us. When Jesus does come back, He will judge us all for how
well we served Him by helping and serving kids and other people. God expects Great Kids to be leaders for our families,
our communities, and our schools. As we grow up, God wants us to teach
the next leaders about Him so that people will live like God wants them to
and our world will be a nicer place for everybody.
A. Because He didn’t
want any advice
on how to do it.
A. A little before Eve.
Moses spent many years teaching Joshua to be the next leader of the nation
of Israel. Moses was a great leader and he taught Joshua well. In Joshua
24:31 the Bible tells us that the people of Israel served God while Joshua
was alive. Joshua was a very good military leader and the one God selected
for His people at that time, but he failed to teach and raise up a Godly
leader for the people of Israel after he died. Joshua lived to be 110 years old.
Do you know what happened to the people of Israel after Joshua died?
Judges 2:10-15 tells us that the people stopped loving God and didn't live
like He wanted them to. God became very angry with the people of Israel
and He punished them and the people suffered a lot because they did not
It is important for Great Kids to live like God wants us to and to teach
other kids and other people how to live like God expects. If we can do this,
then God will be happy with us and the world will be a nicer place.
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Great Kids and Great Dreams
A GREAT DREAM
Today, I got to pick up my grandniece, Nikolette, from school. Nikolette and her mom live with my brother,
Bill, not far from where we live. Bill had jury duty today and Nikolette's mom was just starting a new job and
they asked me to pick her up from school. I was happy to help because Nikolette, now 13, is really growing into
a young lady and I enjoy talking with her. Besides, my brother had helped me quite a bit in the past.
When Nikolette got into the car, I could tell that she was upset about something. I asked her if she wanted to
talk about it and after a minute or two she said, "Some kids were picking on my friend during PE because her
shoes had holes in them."
Then I asked her to tell me what happened. "I ran over and told them
to leave her alone or I
was going to report them for bullying." "That is good
Nikolette! Did they leave her alone?" "Yes." "So", I asked,
"what is the problem now?" It seemed that
Nikolette was about to
cry when she said, "My
friend told me that
her dad lost his job
because of hurricane
Harvey and now they
don't have money for
food and clothes." "How
do you feel about
that?" "Sad", she said.
"How can you help
her?" "Well, I'm going to
pray for her." and
then her face lit up as she
said, "You know
what uncle Mike, we've been
waiting to have a
garage sale. I will talk to
mom and see if
we can donate the money to
her family!" I said, "That's a great idea
Nikolette! Who else
can you get to help with the
garage sale?" "I know, I'll get my
friends from school to donate
things and all the money can go to my friend!"
Nikolette was excited and many
of her friends donated things for the garage sale. It was a big
success and they were able to
really help her friend's family!
(Remember that this was a Great Dream and didn't really happen, but it could happen with Great Kids like you!)
TRULY GREAT KIDS PRAYER
"Father God thank You for our blessings. Teach us to be Great Kids with Great Dreams. Teach us to help kids
and other people. Father God we pray for all those we know who
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have problems in life and we ask You to bring them close to You
and show them Your love. We love You and thank You for loving
us and answering our prayers. In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!"
This is an excerpt from Michael Bianchi’s upcoming book,