Flint is an inventor that has created an amazing invention – a machine that makes food rain down from the sky! The only problem is, there seems to be a slight issue with the machine. It is being overworked. The Mayor loves all the attention the town is getting from Flint’s amazing invention and so he decides to put the pressure on Flint so that he will keep the machine raining food.
Flint had a choice to make, was he going to be pressured by the Mayor to keep his food machine going, or would he turn the whole thing off, risk humiliation, but keep everyone safe. He knew that the machine was going wrong and could be dangerous… what was he going to do. Well, we all have choices. Every day we make choices which will affect ourselves but also others. Our choices matter. Maybe they won’t make a machine explode full of food, but our choices could cause problems for others if we don’t make the right ones.
Sometimes the answer is obvious; we need to do the right moral thing. We need to do the thing that is right with God; the thing that is loving, kind, honest, unselfish or even right by the law. Yet at other times we need to think a little deeper about the choices we are making…
When we make our choices we should ask ourselves, who am I making this choice for? Who does this decision benefit? Sometimes the best thing to do is to make the decision that will help the most people… but at other times we need to make the decision that will help ourselves so that we can then help others later on down the line. That’s why we need the Holy Spirit’s help to make decisions! Aren’t you glad that you have God with you so that you can ask him to help you make the right decisions?! ME TOO! He is always there to speak truth to us and remind us what is right from wrong. He even gives us His word; the bible, to help us with moral choices… decisions about what is wrong or right in a situation. All we need to do is seek Him and pray that the choices we make will be the right ones.
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT MAKING GOOD CHOICES:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5.
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. Proverbs 11:14
A fun ice breaker for this game is to to play Would You Rather. Children must choose out of two options which thing they would rather do; i.e. swim with dolphins or jump out of a plane?
1.) When was the last time you had to make a big decision? Who did you turn to for advice?
2.) Have you ever made a wrong decision? How did it feel?
3.) How does it feel to know that your choices affect other people? How will you deal with this responsibility?
4.) What was the best decision you ever made?
5.) How can we learn from the choices that Jesus made?