Toothpaste Squeeze

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Gather your family around. Then squeeze out a good amount of toothpaste on a plate.

ASK—Do you think you can get it all back inside the tube?

Give each family member a chance to try.

(Some may try scooping it back in; Some may ask for scissors to cut it open and put it back. Just tell them no if you don’t want them to ruin the toothpaste tube; still others may want to lick all the toothpaste off the plate and use their mouth to put it back in. This is actually quite funny although if they push too hard, toothpaste will begin to come out of their nose—This really happened once!)

ASK—Is it possible to get all the toothpaste back inside? (No.)

SAY—The toothpaste is kind of like your words. Once something comes out of your mouth you can’t take it back. So if you don’t mean it, or you don’t plan to follow through with it, don’t say it. Every word you say should be as trustworthy as a promise.

ASK—Did God ever make promises? (Yes, the Bible is full of promises for you and me.)

ASK—Can you name a promise that God made? (Nothing can separate you from His love; He will never leave you; That you’re going to heaven once you’ve given your life to Jesus; etc.)

SAY—God also promised that a Savior would be born.

Read Isaiah 9:6 from your Bible.

SAY—This is a promise God made about 700 years before Jesus was born. God always does what He says, and we should do the same. Then, in the right time, God sent His only Son, Jesus, who was born in a stable in Bethlehem. He came to save us from our sins. This is the true Christmas story. 

Read 1 John 4:14 from your Bible.

SAY—As we get closer to Christmas you’re going to hear a lot of people talking about gifts and family and Christmas movies and Christmas stories but Jesus is the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas is all about the fact that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 

PRAY—Thank God for Jesus and how wonderful He is. Thank God for always keeping His promises.