The story “Cut Down Rosa!” highlights the following learning objectives:
- Recognize that jealousy, envy, a desire for more material possessions, coveting what others have, not being satisfied with what one has, and negative comparisons are all attitudes that show a lack of and need for contentment.
- Recognize thoughts that are rooted in jealousy, envy, covetousness, greed, and discontent, and the negative effects such thoughts can have on one’s happiness; learn what steps to take in order to be content once again. (Contentment-2d/e)
Discuss the following with your child.
- Lack of contentment is a result of desiring more than what one has. However, God knows just what we need, He will give us what we need to enjoy life and prosper, or guide us in attaining it. Help your child focus on the positives of a situation that he or she may find difficult.
- Discuss the verse, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:16 NLT). If God has ordered our days, then we know that our present circumstance has been allowed by a God who loves us and desires to give us good things. (Look up Romans 8:32, Luke 12:7.)