We don’t need to make excuses for poor choices. The Spirit in us empowers us to love, to be brave, and to have self-control.

Talking Points:

  • This verse is full of some great treasures to teach your kids about their attitude and actions. 2 Timothy 1:7
    • God makes them brave. They don’t have to be afraid with God on their side, whether it’s sleeping over at a friend’s house or trying out for the team. They can step into challenges with courage without fear of failure. 
    • They can be full of love and self-control. If God lives in their hearts, then they can love the way he loves. They can be kind to the annoying sibling, respectful to teachers and parents, and be a good friend. They can do it all because of God’s Holy Spirit living in them. 
  1. Initial reactions to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how much of a go-getter are you? How has your personality or past experiences helped or hindered you from achieving goals? Explain.
  3. Where would you put your kids on that scale? What has influenced them to be that way? Explain.
  4. Read 2 Timothy 1:7. Identify the issues that bring fear in each of your kids. How can you use this verse to address those fears? What about with issues of self-control?
  5. What are you modeling for your kids in terms of how you react to success and failure? What adjustments do you need to make in your parenting to emphasize effort over winning?
  6. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?