Emotional maturity takes some work but talking about feelings now will give kids a head start! We were so inspired by the new Disney movie Inside Out, that we just launched our new Emotions 5-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum, and it's already become one of our all-time best selling curriculum series. If you're looking for a fun and creative way to help your kids become emotionally mature, we hope you can use this curriculum in your Children's Church or Sunday School. We think of some emotions as good and others as bad. But God made every part of us, and no matter how we are feeling, we can always turn to Him for help!
God cares about our emotional maturity. He gave us emotions—it is okay to feel things but we cannot be ruled by feelings. You can be the greatest leader ever, but without emotional control, who would listen to you? We all know people who “lose it” or “can’t handle it.” From young to old, emotional maturity is crucial. It turns out that your EQ (emotional quotient) is actually more important that your IQ (intelligence quotient). Why not teach kids about emotions and how to manage them while they’re young? We think these seven key points are a great place to start!
1. God wants us to have self-control. A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11
Tell kids: Feelings can be the ruler or we can be the ruler of our feelings. God wants us to be wise and rule our feelings.
2. Prayer helps us control our emotions. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Tell kids: When we talk to God about how we feel, He gives us power over those feelings. He takes away nervousness and anxiety and gives us His peace.
3. The Spirit empowers us. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16-24
Tell kids: The Holy Spirit will help us overcome our feelings if we walk with Him.
4. There is a time for everything. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; Ecclesiastes 3:4
Tell kids: Controlling your emotions doesn’t mean you have to become a robot—something with no feelings at all. There is a time for every kind of emotion. The wise person recognizes the appropriate times for each.
5. Think about others. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
Tell kids: Have a heart for others. Cry with your friends, laugh with your friends. Think of others first.
6. Sometimes it is good to cry. Jesus wept. John 11:35
Tell kids: Even Jesus cried. It is good and healthy to cry sometimes.
7. Out of control anger can get you in trouble. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18
Tell kids: If you let anger loose, it can cause problems for everyone around you. Keep anger under control.