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Don't Lose Your Balance

Date Published: April 18, 2018
Published By: Kate Finney

Get Yourself Focused

This story gives children the opportunity to get up and move.  Get up and move with them!  Our lives are filled with so many opportunities to do wonderful things, that sometimes we forget it is better to choose a few things wisely, than to do everything we are offered.  God expects us to ask Him which things we should include on our to do list.  It is important not to get off-balance.

Prep

  • Pat your head/rub your stomach exercise:  Many of the children may have done this lots of times before and that’s OK.  The point is to illustrate that doing many things at once is not a good way to operate.
  • Standing on one foot exercise:  If you have trouble with your own balance, bring a chair to steady yourself.  The important part is to have a good time with it.

The Story

Ready to do some fitness exercises this morning?  Let’s all stand up and exercise in place.  Ready?  First, I want you to pat yourself on top of the head, real gently, like this [pat yourself on the head].  Now, while you’re doing that, I want you to stick your tongue out on the right side of your mouth and leave it there for a second, then move it to the left side and then back to the right side, you get the idea [stick your tongue out and move it left to right].  Now, I want you to take your other hand, the one that’s not patting yourself on the head, and rub your stomach in a circular motion [rub your stomach].  See how easy that is?  OK, great.

Now let’s stop doing that and move on to the next exercise.  Everyone stand on one foot, like this [stand on one foot] and keep your balance, without touching your neighbor or putting the other foot down.  OK!  That was great!  Let’s all sit down now.

Now that may have seemed like a bunch of silliness, but there are a couple of lessons to be learned from all of that.  Neither of those exercises was too hard, was it?  Or was it?  In the first exercise, was anyone able to do all three things at once, without messing up?  It was pretty hard to do, wasn’t it?  Trying to do more than one thing at a time and do it very well is not easy.  Did anyone else feel like that?  I thought it was easy to just pat my head, but when I started doing my tongue too, I got a little distracted.  I could do it, though.  But when I started rubbing my stomach, it didn’t go so well.

How about the second exercise?  What did we learn there?  Even if you are really good at standing on one foot, it’s more work than standing on both feet, isn’t it?  If you want to maintain your balance, keep both feet on the ground.

God definitely wants us to maintain our balance.  The best way to do that is to carefully pick and choose what you spend your time on.  Don’t try to do things that are more work than they need to be and don’t try to do too many things at once.  So which things should you pick to do?

  • Do things that make a positive difference to other people.
  • Do things that make you a better person.
  • Do things that make the world a better place to be.
  • Skip the rest.

If you are still not sure which activities to pick for your day, let God choose.

Let us pray...

God, we are capable of doing so many things.  We know that you want us to not run ourselves ragged trying to do everything, though.  Help us to seek the most important things to do in our lives and not get off balance in our daily lives.  In Your name we pray.  Amen.