How do four eggs, parachutes and the Garden of Gethsemane teach us about serving our community? Check out this blog!
For the past two weeks, the Stars of 2Morrow teen department has been pouring into the teens about how we can serve our “community.” We discovered that a community can be anything around us from a group of friends, the city we live in, or even our family!
To illustrate how we can we work together, I separated the teens into four teams and gave them each meager supplies of straws, construction paper, tissue paper, twine, a little bit of tape and one sensitive little egg. Their mission? Since their egg was about to be dropped two stories, they had to create a contraption with a parachute to protect their egg from being scrambled. Before I let them begin, I read to them the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in John 17. It’s interesting when it gets to verse 20, because Jesus begins to pray “for those who will believe in me through their (the disciples) word…” Jesus prays for us! I shared with the teens the surprising prayer of Jesus for all of us in the Garden of Gethsemane.
“…That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
As the teens worked on their projects, I let them think on how Christ wants us to be unified in our love to one another. Jesus said that it is our love for one another that all men will know we are His disciples. For these teens, loving one another could be encouraging that teen in the hall that others have laughed at. It could be forgiving that parent that has let them down yet again in the same way as before.
What about you? What does loving one another mean for you? Perhaps you are years beyond the bullied kid in the school hall, but how can Christ’s love be shared to those around you? How can you reach YOUR community? Jesus said, “just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
As for this project, we had two winners! Two groups successfully worked together and built a contraption to protect their fragile eggs. As we approach this time of year where we observe the sacrifice of our Savior, let’s remember His prayer in the Garden and act in love by serving others!