A Friend in Need
If you have a friend who is ill, or going through a hard time, these activities can help.
1. When we have a friend in need, it can be hard to decide what to do. Read
the parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37 (see below). Then, talk about it with a grown-up.
- Why do you think some people passed by the man in the ditch?
- Why do you think the good Samaritan stopped to help?
- How did the good Samaritan show that he loved his neighbor as himself?
- God calls us to help others, and we also need to make sure we take care
2. Have a grown-up help you decide what to do for your friend in need. Sometimes the best help we can give is our time and friendship. Here are some simple tips for helping a friend in need.
- Just go visit and try to be normal and happy. Sometimes what we need most is just a friend to play or watch TV with us.
- Just listen. It can help to have a friend to talk with during a difficult time.
- Make your own card or gift.
- Frame a picture of you and your friend.
- Frame a special Bible verse.
- Make a special craft to remind your friend of happy times.
- Make a special meal, or a favorite treat.
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Parable of the Good Samaritan
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I
do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you
read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your
neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this,
and you will live."
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus
replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among
robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on
the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed
by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and
when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds,
pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to
the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay
you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor
to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy."
And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."
Start a "Re-Use" Campaign
Looking for a fun way to help others WORLDWIDE? Teach your friends how to promote the reduce, reuse, and recycle principles in their own home. How about challenging your and your friends' parents to a Re-Use Contest?! All you need to do is select reusable or recyclable items. Arm your parents with paper and pencil, and yell out the first item on the list. Your parents' task is to write down as many creative uses for that particular item. Here are some examples of items and creative uses (in case you need to jump start your parents' thinking):
- Magazines: roll them up and stick them in knee-high boots to they will keep their shape.
- Empty Paper-Towel Roll: Flatten and use as a sheath to store a knife kept in a drawer.
- Small Glass Food Jars: Use to store items such as nails, rubber bands, or thumb tacks.
- Old Shower Curtain: Keep it in your car’s trunk to line it when carrying messy items such as muddy boots, paint cans, or beach gear.
- Used Coffee Grounds: Spread them over the flower beds of plants such as azaleas or rhododendrons that thrive in acidic soil.
- Plastic Gallon Milk Jug: Cut off the top just above the handle and use as a scoop for pet food.
- Foam Packing Peanuts: Use in the bases of potted plants to help with drainage.
- Plastic Mesh Produce Bag: Turn it into a no-scratch scrubber for a dirty pan. After using it, ball it up and throw it out.
- Plastic Tub: Rinse out an large yogurt or sour cream container and reuse it to store art supplies or as a travel water dish for pets.
You can suggest that your parents go to the internet to research even more unique ideas, if you wish. Evaluate the answers your parents provide and offer fun prizes for the most creative, greatest number of uses listed, or most useful ideas for your or your friends' houses. Figure out a way to recognize all good efforts! Then, if you have some of the items on hand, put everyone to work re-using them in a way that works for you.