GAME: “Finish the Line…”
Can you fill in the blanks to these quotes/sayings?
- “To be, or ______ ____ ____. That is the question.” — Macbeth, Shakespeare
- “Luke, I am _______ __________.” — Darth Vader
- “An apple a day keeps _____ ____________ _______.” — Benjamin Franklin
- “Slow and steady _______ _____ ________.” — ”The Tortoise and the Hare
- “Eeny, meeny, miney, moe; _______ __ _______ ___ ____ ____.” — Mother Goose
- “There’s no place like _______.”—Dorothy Gale, Wizard of Oz
- “Loving God. __________ _________.” — Pastor Pat
- “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and _______ ____ ______ _____________.” — Deuteronomy 6:5
- “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, _____ ______ ____________ ______.” — John 3:16
- “Sticks and stones may break my bones, ____ _______ ____ _______ ______ ___.” — Anonymous Proverb
(scroll down for answers — at the bottom of the page)
How many lines were you able to finish? Isn’t it crazy how many words we can remember, without even realizing it? We have a tendency to remember what someone has said to us.
What makes our words so important?
Do you think the final quote is true—that words never hurt us? Why or why not?
How do our words affect others?
Are there words we shouldn’t say?
What makes a word good or bad?
Have you used your words as a sword to fight against the enemy? Or as a sword to hurt those around you?
With your parent’s permission…grab a tube of toothpaste, a spoon and a paper plate. Squirt some toothpaste onto the paper plate. FREEZE – Don’t continue reading until you have completed this step.
Now… put the toothpaste back into the tube. Ready, set, go!
What? You couldn’t? Well…this is how words work. Once a thing is spoken, it cannot be taken back. Sometimes the words we use take years to apologize for and/or overcome. If one spreads gossip, trust is broken. Trust is hard to regain. If you hurt someone with your words (use your sword in mean ways), a relationship can be damaged.
But is toothpaste a bad thing? When used the right way, toothpaste is very good. When we use our words the right way…when we use the Sword of the Spirit and the Word of God the correct way…amazing things can happen!
Let’s take a look at the WORD of God!
Search for the Bible verse, read it, and then answer the question.
What does it compare lying about someone to? Is that how you use your sword?
Why are these forms of speech bad? What does God ask us to do in this verse?
What should we ask ourselves before we speak? What should our words do for others?
What type of things should we say?
THOUGHT TO PONDER: Speaking words of life is not just about how you talk to others…it also includes how you talk to yourself. Speak positive encouragement into your own mind. Whether you have fears, you get nervous about things, you worry, you are sad…any feeling. Speak words of life to yourself! Find Bible verses where God encourages you, and SPEAK those…TO YOURSELF. You will be amazed at how much you can conquer through God’s strength by speaking His life into your life. YOU MATTER! YOU HAVE GOD’S STRENGTH IN YOU! YOU ARE SPECIAL!Much love and care, Pastor Vicky
ANSWERS TO: “FINISH THE LINE…”
1. not to be 2. your father 3. the doctor away 4. wins the race
5. catch a tiger by the toe 6. home 7. Loving People
8. with all your strength 9. but have everlasting life 10. but words will never hurt me