We did a quick family night on Tuesday night that I really liked.  If you go to the Thriving Family website, you can check out the whole activity.  (We did the school-age activity.)  The key message for our girls was when we’re not intentional about putting God first in our everyday life, there tends to be no time for praying, serving, and reading the Bible.  But when we put God first in our lives, everything else fits, (things like getting homework done, chores, playing with friends, TV time, etc.)!  In our family, one simple way we put God first is every morning before school we read a passage of scripture.  Last year it was Proverbs, (we would read Proverbs 9 if it was March 9th).  This year we are reading Psalms.  Then we pray together for our day, our teacher, our friends, and our school.  It takes a total of 5 minutes each morning.

Back to the activity (we used walnuts instead of golf balls like it suggests on the website):

The rice represents daily activities that are “unspiritual”.  If you put the rice in first, 

then try to fit the three walnuts in (which represent reading the Bible, praying, and

serving one another), then everything won’t fit in the jar!

But if you put the walnuts in first (put God first in your life)
before all the rice (the daily activities)
then everything fits in the jar!

2 Responses to “putting God first”


  1. 1 Harold Fleider
    October 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Thank You for sharing, I believe this is the best way of teaching putting God first, for young children easy to explain and visual.

  2. 2 Bernadette Thompson
    September 30, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    This is GREAT and I plan to use it for my youth word


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