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The Humility of a Child

Many people have heard the story of David and Goliath. Maybe you have heard it, too. Maybe you have heard about a young boy named David who took down a mighty giant named Goliath with just a sling and a stone. But the truth is, David needed much more than a sling and a stone that day. He needed God. And, he needed the humility to understand how much he needed God.

Humility is the opposite of pride. When we are proud, we think we can do everything ourselves. But when we are humble, we realize we need help...sometimes from other people and always from God.

And David shows us what humility really looks like - a fierce confidence in what God can do.

You see, David did not volunteer to fight Goliath because he thought HE could win. David understood that GOD could win. That's why when he approached Goliath, he made it clear that God was the one fighting the giant that day...

You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven's Armies - the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied...This is the LORD's battle, and he will give you to us! 1 Samuel 17:45-47

You see, the story of David and Goliath is not a story about a boy who believes in himself; it is a story about a boy who believes in God. It is a story that shows us how admitting our need for help makes it possible for God to do amazing things in our lives. It is a story that show us how humility keeps us focused on what God can do rather than what we can do.


Read Matthew 18:1-4

In this passage, Jesus uses a child as an example of what it means to be humble. Why do you think humility comes more easily to kids than to adults?


Draw a picture or write a poem based on the Biblical idea of humility. Use whatever materials you like!


Ask for help to do something this week. You can ask a parent or grandparent, a friend or neighbor, or God. Let God show you how accepting help can be amazing!

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