I've always loved this verse from the story where Samuel chooses and anoints David to be king. God says to Samuel:
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
On outward appearances, David is not the obvious choice. But God sees what is inside him- something that others can't necessarily see!
This is a great conversation starter for children because we are all living in a world where we make judgements on appearances. How many people do they choose not to be friends with based on what they see, rather than taking the time to get to know them on the inside?
Here's a craft to help talk about God not worrying about what's on the outside of someone because he sees and loves what's on the inside!
You will need: White card or paper, white wax crayon, watercolour paints and brush
1. Write a message on the card with a white wax crayon. It could be something like 'God knows me', 'I love you' or a picture of a heart- anything that communicates the idea of God knowing the real us!
Talk to the children about the fact that no-one can see what they have written. Only they really know what is there. This is like judging people by appearances. We don't really know what they are like.
2. Now get your water colour paints and paint over the card. Encourage the children to use their favourite colours so their picture will show something about who they are. The wax writing will be revealed!
3. Talk to the children about how God sees the beautiful people we really are on the inside, even if other people can't. Who do we make judgements about? Who could we try to get to know better? Thank God for knowing and loving us!