Vial of Dirt

Hand your child the small vial and go outside to fill it with dirt.


Hold the little jar of dirt.
Very carefully, unscrew the lid and smell.
It has a rich, earthy smell.
Let’s not overlook dirt.
Plants and trees need dirt and all its rich nutrients in order to grow.

Dirt isn’t just low to the ground. It is the ground.
Did you know that the Latin word for ground – humus – is the root for words like humble and humility.
To be humble means to be modest about what you can do. When we are humble, we don’t act self-important.

Dirt is very humble, but wow is it ever important!

Listen to these words from 2 Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 14 –

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sinful ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Now let’s sit in silence. Look at the dirt and think of a way you can use your talents to glorify God rather than yourself.

[After a few moments of silence, pray]


Loving God,
Help us know
that it’s okay to be proud of ourselves,
as long as we don’t allow our pride
to make us think we’re better than others,
or you.


[The dirt can now go in the box.]

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