Compare and Contrast Pride and Humility
(by drawing some body parts of a person)
- Tell the kids that you’re going to introduce them to two persons. Draw two large stick figures side by side. Say: Meet Proud Name of a person and Humble Name of a person
- As you draw the eyes on each, tell that Proud person only likes to look at himself. Occasionally he sees other people, but when he does, it’s only to see their mistakes, weaknesses, and failures. Humble person sees God first and then others. He knows that people matter to God, so he treats them with dignity, worth, and respect.
- As you draw the mouths, tell that Proud person brags about himself constantly. He’s always telling us about his good grades, he’s good in sports/video games, how he is the most popular student and so very cute. He complains about other people and talks about them behind their backs. Humble person is often talking about how awesome God is. He also is known to brag about others. Like, “Did you see her art project? It’s amazing! I can’t believe that person can draw like t What a gift!” Humble person uses his words to encourage everyone!
- As you draw the ears, tell that Proud person hates to be told what to do. He doesn’t like to hear that he is wrong about anything, so he starts fights when he is corrected. Humble person realizes that sometimes he makes mistakes, so he hears people out and he apologizes for sin.
- As you draw the hands, put a boxing glove on Proud person’s hand. Tell the kids that he is always causing fights because he never gets what he wants. Humble person should have a balloon, a flower, or any other treat in his hand. Humble person honors other people above himself and is peaceable and considerate. He makes people happy.
- As you draw the feet, say that Proud person often stomps his foot angrily. He demands his own way. He thinks he deserves to be s In contrast, Humble person is always walking towards needs of others. He helps people without being asked.
- As you draw little stick figures surrounding each of them (to represent their friends, family, classmates, teachers, etc.), ask the kids whether they think that Proud person gets along with anyone? What about Humble person?
- As the kids answer, start scribbling out Proud person’s relationships. Get rid of these people completely by crossing them out. Tell them that Pride is a source of destruction. It destroys everything – friendships, relationships, even yourself. Pride ends up all alone. In contrast, add more stick figures to Humble person’s group. Humility builds relationships because people feel loved and valued. Humble person keeps getting blessed by God over and over!
When we boast about what we have, or look down on someone who is less fortunate, we are telling God that He is not important, and that we think we can do things on our own. This is so far from the truth. All good things come from God, by ourselves we are nothing. Therefore, we must live a humble life before God, and admit that without Him we are lost. To avoid being proud, we must acknowledge and thank Him for all He has given us. When we do this, God will exalt us. Remember that God knows what is in our hearts.
- When you line up for an activity, do you wish you could be first in line?
- What advice do you think Jesus would give to a child who always pushes to get to the front of the line? …who often talks about being the best at sports/drawing/reading etc.? … to a child who complains about helping out with picking up someone else’s toys/dishes/clothes?
- Ask other ways on how to be humble: Apologize when you have faults/mistakes. Be grateful for what you have. Avoid bragging about oneself. Recognize others who have helped you, give them credit as well, appreciate them. Respect/help others. Accept other for who they are without judging, criticizing and gossiping about them.