I need a volunteer that can promise to follow 2 rules. (Select someone who is 9-10 years old) Here are your rules: #1 – Do not drop the sugar and #2 – You must ask for help when you need it. Can you do that for us? You are going to need to put your hands out, palms up. (Put one bag of sugar on his/her hands.) How does that feel? Is it comfortable? Good. Because now I’m going to add a couple more. Please hold it still and remember, you cannot drop it and you must ask for help as soon as you need it.
These bags of sugar represent the things we have to do because we are part of a family. The sugar represents our responsibilities at home. Things like doing laundry, cleaning the house, putting away our toys, helping out our brothers and sisters, doing our schoolwork. (As you talk, add bags of sugar.) They represent making meals, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, making time for family and friends. (Add sugar until the volunteer look uncomfortable and then add some more.) In a family we also have to take care of each other when we are sick. Just this week Oliver was sick, and Finley was a big help getting things for him and playing with Henry when Oliver needed my help. (Hopefully by this point the volunteer is uncomfortable and has started to ask for help. Keep piling on the sugar until you have 3-4 volunteers holding up the stack.)
Ask the volunteer – how did it feel when your arms were getting tired and I kept adding more sugar?
What did you need in order to follow my first rule of not dropping the sugar? (help)
In the Bible it talks about how we are supposed to bear each other’s burdens. A burden is a load – This sugar was a burden today. Your jobs or responsibilities and your worries area also burdens. When the Bible says bear each other’s burdens, it means we need to take care of one another. In our families we need to help each other out. In our church family as well, we need to help each other. Pray for each other. Encourage each other. When we help carry each other’s burdens, the load doesn’t feel so heavy.
Our volunteer HAD to ask for help when he/she started to feel weak. We can ask for help too.
Repeat after me: Dear God, You have asked us to help each other. Please give us the courage to ask for help when we need it. Please give us the wisdom to know when to help others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.