Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Christian Outdoor Activity Lesson 1: Unrecoverable

Key Verse

“But don’t forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 WEB


Note: This activity is done near a body of water.

Instructions: Have participants find a rock they like. Before the next step check that all people or animal are far enough away not to get hit. As the leader, cast your rock as far as you can out into the water. Then ask participants to do the same. Once they have all done so in turn, ask them to go get the rock they just threw. They should not be able to find the rock again and this should be immediately apparent to them. The point is to illustrate that many things in life cannot be recovered after they are gone. Have participants come up with several things they can never get back or take back. 

Some possibilities include:
Negative or hurtful words. 
Opportunities to be kind. 
Opportunities to give to someone in need. 
First impressions
Childhood and youth
A lie

Talk: There are many things in life we often take for granted. But we should remember that these things are finite and when the are gone, there is no getting them back. It is important to not waste important things or let them slip by. Having wisdom means not wasting or taking for granted those precious opportunities and things that cannot be replaced.

Deanna Wadsworth said it best. She said, “Four things you can't recover: 
The stone after the throw, 
The word after it's said, 
The occasion after it's missed,
The time after it's gone.”1

In our fast paced world it is easy to miss so many things. Paul reminds us in Hebrews 13:16 to take time to do good and share time, and experiences with others. These are the things that really matter in life and the ones God cares most about. The things that matter most in life are the ones we cannot replace. Just like that rock, they are unrecoverable.


What is something unrecoverable you personally have let go by that you wish you didn't?

Can we be forgiven when we let these important things slip by?

What can you do in the future to make sure to use wisdom to avoid taking things for granted?



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