Distractions can keep us from loving God and our neighbors. Use “Group Juggling” to communicate this message.
To “juggle” several objects simultaneously among a group without dropping any of the objects.
Group members stand in a circle. One person tosses a “catchable” object (tennis balls work well) to someone across the circle. That person tosses it to someone else, and so on, until a pattern has been established and the ball returned to the initiator.
Once everyone is familiar with the pattern and the ball is being tossed around, the leader adds additional balls. Action can become quite intense as group members concentrate on tossing and receiving the balls. Finally, ask the group to reverse directions, tossing the balls to the person from whom they have been receiving them. Each member must concentrate intently on catching and receiving the balls. If an individual becomes distracted, he or she will begin “dropping balls” and making mistakes. Then the entire group will be disrupted.
Many distractions can keep us from our “task” of loving God and our neighbors as ourselves.
Proverbs 16:20 notes that, “He who gives attention to the word shall find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord” (NASB). Becoming diverted from this primary objective in our Christian lives can lead us to mistakes and errors in which we “drop the ball” spiritually.
Joe Hicks is manager for FUGE Camps.
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