Lesson Learned:  God wants us to race to Him.
Materials Needed: 2 pieces of masking tape, about 1 foot long each

Bible Verse:
2 Timothy 4:1-7
 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Talking Points:    We have one goal in life: to live for God and His son, Jesus.  We need to stand strong in our beliefs and tell everyone about Him.  It’s like we are running a race; we have a goal that we are running to (God) and God wants us to finish strong.
Questions:  Have you ever raced anyone?  Did you feel good when you reached the goal/finish line?
Activity:  Put two pieces of tape on the ground. One will be the starting line and one will be the finishing line.  Have the child line up and race (either with you or with another sibling).
Prayer:  Dear Lord, we want to be prepared always to preach Your word. We want to know You and we want to reach our goal of living and serving You always.  Help us race a good race! Amen.

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