Feed a greedy fire

Physical activity

Build a fire and watch it consume more and more fuel – or light a candle.

Discussion point: In our greed, we want more and more. The Holy Spirit helps extinguish our greed.

Make a bonfire or watch a movie of a fire burning. As you watch the bonfire, ask the questions below. Help your children understand that when we eat sweets or get new toys, it is not long before we will want more. People are born selfish by nature and the only way to get rid of this selfish nature is to ask God to fill our hearts with His love instead of the selfishness that is already there. The only way to stop a fire from consuming more wood is to dump water on it. Similarly, the only way to get rid of our sinful human nature is to dump the power of God through the Holy Spirit into our lives.

If you build a real fire, allow your children to extinguish it with a bucket of water. Then pray together and ask God to douse the greed in your hearts. If it is not a suitable season to build a fire outdoors, you can light a candle and use a spritzer to put it out.

Questions for discussion
  • Does a fire ever get enough wood?
  • What happens on special occasions when there is a lot of candy around the house?
  • Which child would want more toys? The one with many toys, or a few?
Relevant Scripture

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?”