To help introduce this lesson about solving conflicts, ask: What are some common responses to conflict?
Discuss the parents’ responses. Point out that many people choose one of two options. They either fight or run away. Encourage parents to identify the method George McFly is teaching his son, Marty, in this video clip from “Back to the Future.” If you do not see the clip below, click here to view the clip on WingClips.com: http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/back-to-the-future/not-good-at-confrontation
Share that when we think about not getting our way in a dispute, we’re afraid that we will end up looking and sounding like George McFly—weak and abused. Affirm that no one wants to get walked over in a conflict, and parents certainly don’t want to portray that image to their kids. But the Bible also makes it clear that we don’t always have to get our way. Sometimes we need to defer to the other person because it’s the right thing to do—and that can speak volumes to our kids.
Explain that this lesson, called “Stand Down,” focuses on a conflict between Abraham and his nephew, Lot. Encourage learners to consider how Abraham put his own interests on the back burner and why that was an effective way to handle that dispute. Challenge them to find application points for their own lives as they reflect on the truth of Scripture.
We want to hear from you! What are some ways you will help your parents group examine the truths of this session?
The options for parents for the Pressure Points unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers.