Never Give Up

Liz, Lucille, and Scooter all try to be perfect—and they all fail. Scooter now thinks that God might just give up on him. Is Scooter right?

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After you listen

Memory Verse

“God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.”

Audio Icon   Philippians 1:6



In this episode, Liz, Lucille, and Scooter all tried to be perfect—and they all failed. They thought they had to be perfect for God to love them. They forgot that the people in the Bible weren’t perfect, and God didn’t give up on them. Abraham didn’t trust God’s promise and had a son with a servant instead of Sarah. Jacob stole from his brother. Peter denied Jesus three times.

In Philippians 3:1-14, Paul gave a list of all the reasons why he was perfect. He was a circumcised Jew, of the tribe of Benjamin, followed the law perfectly. But then he continued, saying that he was missing something—Jesus. In Philippians 3:8b-9 he said, “Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ.” Perfection doesn’t give you eternal life; only faith in Christ can do that.

Want to dig deeper and learn more about God’s forgiveness? Check out 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 43:25-26, Acts 3:19.


Find a partner and play the Mirror Game. Face each other and have one person be the leader. The other person has to try to do exactly what the leader does, as if she or he were looking in a mirror. Try slow movements at first and move to faster ones. Can you imitate perfectly? Can you imitate at all if you take your eyes off the leader? Jesus wants us to imitate him, but he knows that we can't do it perfectly. What matters is that we keep our eyes on him. He will help with the rest.

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