My husband sometimes has the habit of telling me the same stories over and over again. I love him, but listening to the same thing again is not my favorite. Sometimes, lessons from the Bible can feel the same way. “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that before.” So how do you make something “old” feel “new” again? Insert object lesson.
I originally found this idea on Pinterest, and I just had to try it out with my boys. It’s really simple, but I think it really does a nice job of putting a picture to the message.
What you need;
a paper towel
a ball point pen
a red marker
a cup with a small amount of water
First draw a heart towards the bottom of the paper towel. Talk about how without God, our hearts are empty.
Then fill in the heart with red marker. Talk about how, when we accept Jesus into our hearts, He fills us.
Then draw some hearts above the first heart. Talk about how there are other hearts in the world, in need of love. Talk about how God wants us to share the love He gave us with others.
Then place the bottom of the paper towel in the water. Talk about how the water is God, and when we are in Him, we are able to share love.
As the water is absorbed, you should see the red marker shifting up to the other hearts, filling them. Talk about how we can share love. Mention some practical ways, but emphasize that it must be through being saturated with God, not of our own strength.
And that’s it. Very simple, but very effective, and perfect for this time of year.
How do you get the message across to your kids that God wants us to share love to others?