“Gonna Get Your Goat” – Family Devotion – May 18, 2020
YOU WILL NEED: A piece of paper for each person in your family and a Bible marked at Galatians 5:22-23.
FAMILY COMPETITION #1 See who can say “Unique New York” the most times correctly in 10 seconds. Let each person in your family have a turn.
FAMILY COMPETITION #2 See who can say “Red Leather, Yellow Leather” the most times back to back without making a mistake. Let each family member try a few times.
SAY: It might seem impossible to say “Unique New York” or “Red Leather, Yellow Leather,” but it’s not—it just takes practice. There are other things in life that take practice too.
ASK: Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t let them get your goat”? Or, “They got your goat”?
ASK: What do you think this expression means?
SAY: For someone to “get your goat,” it means that they made you mad or frustrated.
SAY: Goats have a calming affect on horses and a long time ago, people who trained horses would put a goat with a horse before a big competition or a race. Those who didn’t want the horse to win in the competition sometimes would sneak in at night and steal the goat. They wanted the horse to be frustrated and upset so that it wouldn’t compete as well.
DISCUSSION Let everybody in the family answer each of the following questions:
ASK: What makes you frustrated or upset? (What “gets your goat”?)
ASK: What hurts your feelings?
ASK: If you could change anything about how people at school (or work) treat you, what would you change?
ASK: If you could change anything about how people in our family treat you, what would you change?
ASK: What are some things people do when they get frustrated or upset? (Sometimes they say mean things, pout, get mad, complain, etc.)
Read Galatians 5:22-23 from your Bible.
SAY: These are the responses that God wants to show in our lives. I’m going to read the verse again, but this time I want you to repeat each of these character traits after me.