Making good choices (David and Saul)

MAKING GOOD CHOICES: based on David and Saul in the cave

FRUIT BEAUTY CONTEST…. Choosing a winner… Use 4 different fruits as contestants in a Beauty Competition… Describe how the first three fruits look good and seem certain to win, but when the judges open them up and look inside they are not…

  • Tomato… horrible taste
  • Banana… gone all brown inside
  • Apple… full of grubs
  • Potato… nothing special to look at but good inside and tastes good, so wins the prize (“Taste and see that the Lord is good”)

SAUL NEEDING TO GO TO THE TOILET (Bathroom)…

  • David and his men were hiding in a cave
  • Who should come in but Saul needing the toilet!
  • David could have crept out from the darkness and killed him… but he cut off a piece of his cloak instead… He made a good choice

Put up a large WET PAINT “Do not touch!” sign

  • Different puppets/soft toys pass by
  • One of them ignores the sign, touches it and gets stuck

There are some things to which God says “No!” There is no choice

  • Like stealing from someone’s packed lunch box
  • Or shouting at your parents to get what you want

SOME CHOICES HELP OR HARM OTHER PEOPLE

  • Have a number of yes and no slips of paper in a bag…
  • Child accepts the responsibility of putting a hand in the bag and choosing one piece of paper
  • If it says “yes”, everyone gets a prize
  • If it says “no”, no-one gets a prize
  • Such a choice is pure chance based on someone else’s decision

BUT WHEN WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW JESUS… it’s our own decision and nothing to do with luck or chance

  • No one can make this decision for us… we decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Jesus
  • However, if we say ‘yes’ to Jesus, God promises us a special gift… to be our friend for ever and ever!

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