“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” These are wise words from Paul, but what do they mean? What is contentment, anyway? The Bible reminds us that the love of money is the root of evil, but we are to pursue higher things and be content with the blessings He provides. These crafts focus on the joy of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord and following Him. A “Contentment Command Wreath” focuses on the positive elements that outweigh worldly wealth. A “Tree of Contentment” incorporates a fall theme and highlights things that we can look to for joy and satisfaction.
- If you need more, don’t miss the 18-page Sunday School lesson based on 1 Timothy 6.
- Don’t miss the children’s sermon lesson on true contentment.
Contentment Doesn’t Call for Cash! Craft Ideas for 1 Timothy 6
Craft one: “Contentment Command Wreath”
You will need:
- Crayons or markers
- Glue or tape
- Paper (Construction/cardstock)
- Stickers, glitter, or other decorative items
- Fold the paper in half like a card. Decorate with words, special notes, and Bible verses.
- Carefully snip a part of the paper at the fold, creating a flap about an inch wide. This can also be accomplished by gluing or taping a small piece of paper inside the card.
- Glue or tape a heart, cross, or other shape to the folded strip of paper as your “pop-up” element. Add extra decorations as desired.
- Decorate the envelope as well, and place the card within. Mail or hand-deliver your “epistle” of encouragement!
Craft Two: “Tree of Contentment”
You will need:
1. Draw or trace a large hand on the paper, with some arm length underneath for a tree “trunk”.
2. Cut out the “tree” and attach to another piece of paper or cardstock.
3. Cut out leaf shapes in festive fall colors. On each leaf, write things that you are thankful for or things that provide contentment.
4. Glue the leaves to the tree, and add extra verses or captions as desired.
5. If preferred, attach a string or magnet to display the tree in a spot that is easily viewed.
Bible Verses or Craft Captions to Consider… (1 Timothy 6:6-19)
But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. -1 Timothy 6:6-8
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. -1 Timothy 6:11
God gives me all I need!
Contentment lies in Christ…
Godliness with contentment…great gain!
I can hope in the Lord!