Object Lesson: Heavy Weights

Ask for some volunteers to help with a challenge – they need to be super strong!

Challenge: How long can you hold two 2 liter bottles filled with water. While holding the bottles the volunteers have to keep their arms straight.

Each day we carry burdens , worries, past hurts, doubts and struggles – and like the bottles they can start to weigh us down.

Raise a glass of water and ask how heavy the children think the glass of water is?

It really depends on how long you hold it for…

  • If I hold it for a minute, it is OK
  • If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have a sore arm
  • If I hold it all day, I’ll probably need an ambulance

It’s the exact same weight but the longer I hold it the heavier it becomes. It’s the same with our burdens and worries.

So what do you need to put down this week?

I like the Message translation of Matthew 11: 28-30 where Jesus says…

“Are you tired? Worm out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me; watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly!”

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