Hey there, amazing teenagers of faith! Today, we’re diving into a topic that might seem unrelated to our spiritual journey but is incredibly significant: Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits in Children. As young believers, our faith journey is not just about our spiritual well-being but also our physical health. God calls us to take care of the temple He has given us – our bodies.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV), the Bible reminds us, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” This verse tells us that we need to treat our bodies with care, just as we nurture our souls.
In this lesson, we’ll explore ways to encourage healthy eating habits, especially for picky eaters, and the importance of balanced meals in nourishing both our bodies and our faith.
Bible Reading: The Importance of Nourishment Psalm 34:8
- Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
- “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
- Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)
- “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
Explanation For Teenagers
- Variety is the Spice of Life
- Eating a variety of foods ensures we get a wide range of nutrients.
- Balanced Meals
- Explain the importance of including protein, fruits, vegetables, and grains in every meal.
- Healthy Snacking
- Discuss the value of nutritious snacks and avoiding excessive junk food.
- Patience with Picky Eaters
- Address picky eating habits and how to encourage trying new foods.
Youth Group Discussion Questions:
- How do you currently approach your eating habits and food choices?
- Share your favorite meal and discuss what makes it healthy or not.
- What are some challenges you face in trying new foods or encouraging others to do so?
Bible Reading: Feeding the Five Thousand
- Matthew 14:13-21 (NIV)
- The miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand teaches us about the importance of sharing and God’s provision.
Youth Group Game:
Engage in a fun activity to simulate the importance of sharing and ensuring everyone has enough to eat. Divide into groups and provide a limited amount of snacks. Encourage sharing and equitable distribution. Discuss afterward how this relates to Jesus’ miracle.
Nourishing Our Faith and Bodies
- Explore the connection between spiritual and physical nourishment, reminding teens that just as they need a balanced diet, they need a balanced spiritual diet too. Share passages like:
- Matthew 4:4 (NIV) – “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”‘”
- John 6:35 (NIV) – “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'”
Youth Group Discussion Questions:
- How does your physical nourishment relate to your spiritual nourishment?
- Share an experience when you felt spiritually hungry and how you addressed it.
- How can we ensure we have a balanced spiritual diet?
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this time together, exploring the importance of nourishing our bodies and our faith. We ask for Your guidance in making healthy choices, not just in our diets but also in our spiritual lives. Help us remember that we are temples of the Holy Spirit and that we should honor You with our bodies. Bless us with wisdom and self-control as we seek a balanced life filled with Your love and nourishment.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.
Remember, as teenagers, you have the power to make a difference in your own lives and in the lives of those around you. So go forth, nourish your bodies, your spirits, and share God’s love with all you meet!