How to Handle Jealousy, Teasing, Boasting and Success

Our children’s devotions are intended to help them engage their pliable minds to learn this for the present—and the future! Children ages six through 12 may be thinking about Jesus with shades of adult reasoning for the very first time.

In these early stages of reflection common to ages six through 12, students can come to see Christ as their primary source of wisdom, guidance and protection through children’s devotions.

Children’s Devotions: How to Handle Jealousy, Teasing, Boasting and Success

When Connor’s mom uploaded him playing guitar onto YouTube, he never expected it to go viral. But a record company called wanting to buy the song Connor wrote and record him for a commercial. He made the front page headlines of the local paper on Friday. To Conner, this was great news. Even though he’d hoped for changes when he started sixth grade, he’d still felt like the “ever invisible kid.” Kids in the popular crowd looked right through him, and he didn’t get asked to many parties.Now, surely they would realize he too was worthy of snaps.

When he got on the school bus the Monday after the story ran, a really quiet girl applauded and gave him the thumbs up, but everybody else just stared. Mattie, probably the most popular girl in the class, started singing the song in homeroom in a really nasal and awful voice. All the kids around her cracked up. Conner was stunned, and then he had to wonder: Could this get even worse?

Scriptures to help Connor know what to do next: Mark 14:61, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 3:19

Connor should (rate the answers; the best answer would be #1; the least likely answer #4)

  •   Keep his disappointment and anxiety to himself and not respond. He’s having the last laugh, and there’s nothing these jealous kids can do to change it.
  •   Take the song off of YouTube now that he has a recording contract. He got what he wanted, and now he should exercise humility and not upset the crowd.
  •   Post a message on YouTube to the mean kids…maybe even shoot some secret clips of the kids with his cell phone so that the world can see how vicious they are.  Tell them, “Who’s laughing now, suckers?”
  •   Give up on singing and get focused on school again. Christians have no business showing off, doing things that could make them rich, or being famous. Blessed are the humble.

Reflections
Connor is a victim of “pack mentality.” Within packs of dogs, one or two head dogs will growl at a subservient dog that wags his tail too high (a show of pride). They’ll snatch it if he gets too big a bone, and they’ll let him suffer the humility of watching them eat it. Dogs “neutralize” behavior so that only the pack leaders are superior. Connor’s classmates are subconsciously trying to “neutralize” him. Granted people are not dogs and are supposed to rise above such behavior. However, it still happens when large groups of kids are together for long periods without enough supervision; hence school is a primary breeding ground.

It is important in school to not exercise pack mentality; kids can become part of it so easily that they don’t know they’re doing it. When someone has great news like Connor’s, many students will admit to a strange desire to make a hurtful joke or blurt something negative. Rare is the student who will jump for joy over another student’s accomplishments. When it’s our turn to shine, we want others to share our triumphs, and often, we reap what we’ve sown. We need to remember that God has an entirelydifferent set of great plans outlined for each of us since the foundations of the world (Jeremiah 29:11). The best way to be happy for others who have been blessed is to seek God’s will for our own lives and expect Him to bring us into our own little Promised Lands (Psalm 37:4).

Most Christian Response:
Connor should (1st option is best): keep his disappointment and anxiety to himself and not respond. He’s having the last laugh, and there’s nothing these jealous kids can do to change it.

 

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