Sticky Ball

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Description: sticky, bright color

What it does: Sticks to things.

Here is a sample message:

I have a little toy that kids enjoy to play with. When you hold onto the handle and swing it onto the table or something, it sticks. This is made to come off again so you can stick it over and over again. (Do it a few times to show the kids. Then do it on each main point in the message.)

That is what we should do with God. We should keep sticking to Him. In fact, there is a Bible passage that talks about sticking with God. Lamentations 3:22-34 (If you wish, read it to the kids in your favorite version of the Bible). One part says, “I am sticking with God” *(MSG). God is very good to those who stick to Him, while patiently waiting for Him. Those who stick to looking for God will find him. It is good for us to stick to hoping in Him because He will help us. When bad stuff happens, stick to God. When life is difficult, stick to God by talking to Him. Stick to hoping in Him. When trouble comes, stick to God, because He will never walk out and leave us, He will never walk out and abandon us. Always stick to God, because He loves us more than we could ever even imagine. Stick to God, because He is always tenderly working on you. Making you better. And me too.

You see, God’s love, mercy, and faithfulness are created new every morning. So let’s never give up, and let’s stick to Him, every day.

Application: When things happen that are difficult, and even when things are going well, what are you going to do? (Stick to God!) How do we do that? God is our friend. Just like a friend we talk to Him, listen to Him, read His Bible, which is like a letter to us. He tells us how much He loves us. And we should get together with others in church, and other times too. Those who stick to God like we do are our spiritual family.

Some Bible Verses: Psalm 16:8-11; Prov. 28:20; Lamentations 3:22-36

*The Message (MSG) Bible uses “stick” in the sense of sticking to something.

Bouncy Ball

bouncy Ball  - 1Description: Small, round, variety of colors, and rubbery

What it does: sits, rolls, bounces

Okay, here is a Sample Message for you.

Hey, kids. I have a bouncy ball. If I set it down, what does it do? Nothing. It just sits there. How boring is that? But, If I roll it like this, then what is it doing? It rolls. Still not a lot of fun, is it? In order for this ball to be really fun, what must it do? It must bounce. That is what it was made to do. When it just sits there it is not doing what it was made to do. Even if it rolls it still is not doing all of what it was “made to do.” But when it bounces, that is when it does “do” what it was “made” to do.

Hey, that reminds me—I was made, too. Who made me? God made me. And He made you all too. And He made us with a purpose. We are supposed to “do” what He “made” us to “do.” There are many very good Bible verses that answer the question, “why did God make us?” Here is one.

1 Corinthians 1:9 says—”God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Did you figure out why God made us? It says He made or called us to be in fellowship with His Son Jesus. If we accept Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and friend, then we will be fulfilling the purpose of why God made us. You see, the dictionary defines fellowship like this: “to be friends with one another or others who share the same interests or aim.”

Here are some other good Bible verses that help us to understand it even better.

Jeremiah 29:11—”For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Look these up too. Ephesians 2:10 and Micah 6:8.

Now we want to have fun and be fun like the bouncy ball. The best way for us to do that is to do what God “made” us to “do.” To accept Him as our Lord and Savior. To let Him be our friend. To obey Him. And to do what He wants us to do, such as love Him and love others too.

(English Standard Version)