Description: it is made of a bright colored plastic, has a magnet and a spring that applies pressure to keep the grabby part closed. It has a hinge so the grabby part can be opened and allowed to close by squeezing on the handle. It is wide.
What it does: the grabby part opens and closes when the handle is squeezed and released. It holds onto things, keeps bags closed, and can be hung magnetically to a metal surface, such as a refrigerator.
Brainstorm: The idea of shutting things. For example, the angel came and shut the lion’s mouths so they could not eat Daniel (6:22). It holds onto things. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” Deuteronomy 10:20 says, “Cling to God.” Hebrews 4:14 says, “Hold onto our confession.” Hebrews 10:23 says, “Hold onto our hope that we have confessed without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Philippians 3:12 says that “Paul grabs ahold of—” and 1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to, “Grab onto eternal life—confession”
Bible Verses: Daniel 6, 1 Thessalonians 5:21, Hebrews 10:23
Example Message: I have a fun little object. What is it? Yes, it is a clip. What does a clip do? It clamps onto things and does not let go. It holds things secure (show them how it holds onto things, such as your fingers or shirt sleeve). This reminds me of a great story in the Bible when an angel came and closed lion’s mouths. Do you know that story? It was the story of Daniel when he was cast into the lion’s den. Why was he thrown into the lion’s den? Because he did not “let go” of his good habit of praying to God three times a day when some evil leaders made it illegal to pray to God. The Bible tells us that we should examine things carefully and to hold onto the good things (1 Thess. 5:21). Talking to God was and still is a good thing for us to do. We should “hang onto it” and keep doing it. The Bible tells us that we should “hold onto” the hope that we have confessed without wavering because God made a promise to us. And He never breaks a promise (Hebrews 10:23). What is our greatest hope? (That God forgives us when we accept Jesus, His Son, as our Lord and Savior. Then we can go to heaven one day to be with Him.) What are some good things that we should hold onto? (Beliefs, dreams, our calling, all things Bible; such as reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating. Fruit of the Spirit, obedience, etc.)