Good habits were friends with which young Jack had no acquaintance. Although there was an intelligent mind behind his dark black eyes, he never dreamed there was anything more to life than pursuing his own happiness. One day Jack meets a man who changes his entire outlook on life.

Awakened to the state of his true condition, Jack is inspired to resolve well and persevere.

This is a tale displaying what great things even a child may accomplish through earnest resolve, if accompanied by energy and perseverance. Some resolve well, but do not persevere at all in their efforts to attain an object. Others persevere for a time but become discouraged by the many difficulties that meet them on every side. But those who, like Jack, are never daunted by checks and hindrances, will generally find that success follows perseverance. This is his story.

Author: Mrs. C.E. Bowen

Recommended Ages: 6-11

Character Traits: Honesty, Industriousness, and Perseverance

Scripture References:
Psalm 112:5
Proverbs 2; 3:3-18; 10:9; 11:3; 12:1,22-24
Matthew 5:8
Luke 6:31
2 Corinthians 8:21
Ephesians 4:25
Colossians 3:9
2 Timothy 2:3,15
James 1:3,4,26; 3:17

Digging Deeper:

  1. Jack used to be a lazy boy. Often wishing there was more to life than constant play, he was living out the words of Proverbs 13:4, The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing. But there was another option for Jack! Proverbs goes on to say, the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. When we are diligent with the things in our lives, the amazing promise is that our souls shall be made rich! Take a moment and consider the truth behind this statement! What are some everyday things that you can be diligent in?
  2. In his pursuit of industry, Jack grows in the Word of God and is challenged by some of his dishonest dealings. Luke 16:10 says, He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Our actions in regard to the little things in life will determine how much we will be trusted with the bigger things in life. What are some of the “little things” in your life that you can demonstrate a higher degree of value and responsibility?
  3. James 3:13 says, “who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” As a fun exercise this week, make a plan to establish at least one new habit! Ask your family members what they think would be helpful and be open to suggestions!