Please, may I have the crust?

Fun with food

Discuss the truth of Proverbs 17:1 “Better a dry crust…” and make up similar “proverbs.”

Discussion point: Good relationships are much more important than material possessions.

This hands-on option is based on Proverbs 17:1.

During a meal when crusts (or other food items) are avoided, it is a great time to discuss the value of getting along with others. Pick up the piece of food that is left over and ask your children if they would rather eat the crust or the dessert. In most cases, the dessert will be chosen.

Explain that the Bible says it is better to be in a home where there is nothing to eat but dry bread crusts and there is peace, than to live in a house where there is feasting and fighting. The gist of this lesson is that the quality of relationships we have in our home are far more important than the material things that are in a home.

As you enjoy eating dessert, make up your own Proverbs. For example, “It’s better to have an old rusty bicycle with a peaceful and quiet home, than a new shiny one with fighting and biting.” “Better a black and white 12 inch screen TV with harmony than a 60 inch plasma TV with discord.” Close the discussion by praying and asking that God would help you prioritize and value peace in your family more than worldly possessions and comforts.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 17:1 “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.”