Ask the children if they have ever heard phrases about themselves that were completely false.
He is not big enough
He is not beautiful enough
She’s not good enough at school
He’s not very good at soccer
He looks like a girl
She looks like a guy
Tell the children that Joshua was among the 12 spies who went to spy on the land of Canaan. Unfortunately, 10 spies decided to believe lies. They began to believe that they were like grasshoppers, so too small to be able to conquer Canaan.
“We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” Numbers 13.33
Discuss with the children that when we start to believe lies, that’s when we lose heart and start to fear.
The truth that God declares about our lives: “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.” (Joshua 1.6)
Remind them that with God, they will do great things! God has given us a Spirit that, far from making us cowards, makes us strong, loving and thoughtful (2 Timothy 1.7).
On small cardboards, have the children write down all the discouraging words they have already received and all the fears they have: fear of water, fear of making a mistake, not enough like this, not enough like that, etc.
Once these fears are written, tell the children to put these fears in the paper shredder because they are not valid before God. Invite the children to come and put their paper in the shredder.