Get Taller by Worrying
Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 6:25-34; John 14:27
- Tape measure
Have you ever measured yourself to see how tall you were? How tall are you? (Wait for a few responses.) I need a volunteer to come up here so that I can measure them.
(Bring up a volunteer and measure them and then tell them how tall they are.)
Do you know what worry is? It is when we are really concerned about something until we cannot think about anything else and we are afraid that something bad will happen. I want you to worry really hard about not being tall enough. I think that will make you grow even taller and we will show everyone how well worry works.
To help you worry I will beat you with wet noodles if you don’t grow taller! If you can’t grow taller I will smear ice cream all over your face! I’m going to make you eat pickles and ice cream if you can’t make yourself grow taller!
How is it going? Do you feel like you are any taller than before? (Wait for response.) Let’s check.
(Measure them again.)
Oh no! It didn’t work! You did a great job at worrying but you weren’t able to make yourself grow any taller! This reminds me of what the Bible says in Luke 12:25.
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
Jesus was trying to get us to stop worrying. Did you know that when we worry it is because we really aren’t having faith in God and trusting him. Philippians 4:6 tells us to not worry about anything but to pray about everything instead. This is what we do when we are trusting God.
Worry doesn’t change anything, you can’t even grow taller by worrying. Prayer does change things, so let us put our faith in God!
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