"Parable of the Fig Tree," Spark Story Bible, p.372
Everyone knows that the M in "monster" stands for MEAN. But what happens when a monster can't be mean any more? Is he still a monster at all? One young monster's attempts to live up to his name go hilariously awry as he discovers―with a little help from new friends―that it's not what you're called but who you are that counts.
How these stories are connected: Jesus teaches this parable about the man and his fig tree to illustrate how faith grows and develops. Patience and second (and even third) chances provide room and grace for ourselves and others as we grow and develop. Similarly, Onster experiences the pull of his old ways as he discovers new gifts and talents within himself and begins to make surprising new friends.
Questions about The Monster Who Lost His Mean:
What did the monster do first when he lost his M?
What did he do when he couldn’t find it?
How did his feelings change?
Questions about the Bible story:
Why did Jesus tell this story?
What did the man want to do when the tree didn’t grow figs?
What did the gardener tell him?
Questions about our lives:
Can you see goodness in bad things?
Dear Jesus, help us to make the most of each day. Help us to see goodness, even when things don’t go the way we want them to. Amen.