Choose your own adventure

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Help kids learn to view change as an adventure rather than a frightening journey by telling a “choose your own adventure” story.

You can make up your own “choose your own adventure” story, or read one from a book.

If you decide to tell your own story, have your children help you choose characters and a setting, and give your children the opportunity to direct the story by making choices. For example, you could begin by saying:

Braeden was so excited. His mom told him he could have a friend over for the afternoon.

Then pause and ask: Who should he invite over?

Continue with: The plan was to go to the park or to go swimming.

Pause and ask: Which activity did Braeden and his friend choose to do?

As you continue telling the story, blend a conflict into the storyline, letting your kids come up with a resolution. Finish by reviewing the questions for discussion and your choice of the Bible verses listed below.

In closing, pray together and ask God to help you make wise choices and be willing to follow His plans, even when they seem a little scary! Ask God to help you trust Him just like many of the characters in the Bible did. Your prayer can be based on one of the Scripture verses included here.

Sample prayer:
Dear God, please give us ears that are tuned in to listen to Your voice and help us to be willing to follow the directions You give us. We don’t want to be like sheep who end up lost and on the wrong path. We want to live life following Your plans, not our own (Isaiah 53:6). Amen.

Questions for discussion
  1. Can you think of a story in the Bible where someone had to trust God in a scary situation?
  2. How is life like a “choose your own adventure” story?
Key concepts

Life is a lot like a “choose your own adventure” story because life is full of choices. If you ask Him, God will help you make choices that lead you to live out an exciting “life story” that He has planned for your life.

God has written thousands of amazing stories. The Bible is full of them! When you know those stories well, they help you know the right choices to make – the kinds of choices that please God.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Note: This activity fits well with the story “Moving without a van” from the Bible stories section of this lesson.