Children Are Special

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You Are Special by Max Lucado is a story about Wemmicks—small wooden people that spend their time awarding one another grey dots or gold stars. Pretty and talented Wemmicks received gold stars. Not-so-lovely Wemmicks received grey dots. Punchinello is one such Wemmick who had lots of grey dots.

Punchinello is chipped and ugly, and thinks he’s not worth much at all. But Eli the master woodworker helps him realize how special he is, marks and all, and how much Eli loves him. Punchinello meets Lucia, a Wemmick with no stars or dots, and he embarks on a journey to learn the truth—what the Creator thinks is what really matters. Punchinello discovered that stickers only stick if you let them!

Dorothy Nolte wrote, “If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn … If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.” This week’s free resource is a tool that you can read to children and share with parents. Help everyone see that regardless of the world’s evaluation, God cherishes each of us, just as we are.

In Christ You Are Very Special

Parents are a child’s most influential role models. Parents can encourage their children by reading and believing what God says about whom we really are as Christians! Biblically based affirmations are a powerful tool to help manifest a joyful life. Help children realize, just as Punchinello discovered, that stickers only stick if you let them!

Practical Idea

Print the following free resource, make copies, and read aloud to your kids in class. Provide copies to take home with instructions for parents to read to their children each night before bedtime for two weeks. Ask parents to post on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, and even send in lunch sacks.

Who I Am In Christ Jesus

  • I am accepted In Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:6)
  • I am God’s child (John 1:12)
  • I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
  • I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
  • I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • I have been bought with a price; I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1)
  • I have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Colossians 1:14)
  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)

I Am Secure In Christ

  • I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
  • I am assured that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
  • I am free from any condemning charges against me (Romans 8:33-34)
  • I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35)
  • I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21)
  • I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
  • I am confident that God will perfect the good work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6)
  • I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I can find grace and mercy in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)
  • I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

I Am Special In Christ Jesus

  • I am the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)
  • I am a branch of the true Vine, a channel of His life (John 15:5)
  • I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
  • I am a witness to Jesus (Acts 1:8)
  • I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  • I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)
  • I am God’s coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  • I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
  • I am more than a conqueror through Jesus (Romans 8:37)
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Click Here for this free “You Are Special” download.

7 Responses to “Children Are Special”

  1. Jennifer Revoir Says:

    thank you

  2. Regina Taylor Says:

    I love this lesson. Thank you so much for being such a valuable resource to our Youth Ministry.

  3. Ke'Sha Hawkins Says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome resource. This has been a blessing to not only our Youth Ministry, but also my own personal household.

  4. Aimee Ortega Says:

    LOVE this lesson! thank you!!!

  5. Jessica S. Says:

    Thank you for the handout!! I will print out and post in our learning room!! (We homeschool)

  6. Sherri Winkel Says:

    Where did you get that wooden wemmick? I would like to get one to show my Sunday School Class.

  7. DiscipleLand Staff Says:

    We created the Wemmick using Photoshop.

    Really would make a great prop for teaching. Maybe you can find someone to wood carve one for you.

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