Theme: Faith in God and Yourself
Scripture Reading: Luke 17: 11-19
11 And it came to pass, as [Jesus] went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Jesus cleansed all ten Lepers, but to the one Leper that recognized that it was Jesus that had cleansed him and thanked Jesus, Jesus made that man ‘whole’; cleansing him outside and inside. “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Faith is believing in God even though we can’t see God directly.
Faith is also believing that we — as children of God — are special.
Faith or belief in our self may be called self-esteem.
“Esteem” means that someone or something is special or valuable.
(Puppets: Fred and Jane interacting with the class teacher)
Jane and Fred, what do you think self-esteem looks like in a person?
Jane and Fred alternate, giving the following responses*. The teacher may elaborate upon each response with the class:
- Being happy.
- Feeling that you’re OK as a person.
- Believing in yourself.
- Looking forward to a good future.
- Enjoying the world around you.
- Feeling energetic and hopeful.
- Feeling confident that you have the power to change things in your life.
- Joining with others.
- Being happy with each success and with the success of others.
- Looking for ways to succeed.
- Encouraging others to succeed.
- Respecting the differences in others and yourself.
- Learning to think for yourself.
- Keeping yourself clean and tidy.
- Accepting responsibilities for your actions, not blaming others.
- Not being too unhappy when you make a mistake.
- Learning from your mistakes.
- Being positive.
- Being a caring person.
*Credit: This Self-esteem list is courtesy of The Child and Youth Health web site is part of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network — a government of South Australia initiative.
The following activity is a variation of a self-esteem activity for children found on the Therapist Aid website. The artwork of the coat of arms (see below) is a Therapist Aid worksheet.
1. Hand a print out of the coat of arms (consisting of four quadrants) to each child along with colored crayons or pencils.
2. Ask the children to draw (or visually represent) the following topics:
- In the first quadrant, draw the animal you think you are most like (or the animal you like the most).
- In the second quadrant, write the characteristic or quality of that animal that you have (or that you admire in the animal). For example: lion/strong, rabbit/fast, horse/strong, dog/faithful, swan/graceful, panda/lovable,
- In the third quadrant, fill the quadrant/space in with your favorite color. Favorite colors make us happy and energize us.
- In the forth quadrant, write (or draw a picture of your self achieving) a goal that you want to accomplish in the near future. For example: get an A in math class, join the basketball team, get a pet.
- In the banner at the bottom of the coat of arms, write your name.