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- Bottle of seltzer
- Permanent magic marker
What are some thing that make you happy? (Give the kids a chance to respond.) People love being happy so they do all kinds of things to make themselves happy. They go to movies. Go on vacations. Read books. Tell jokes. But happiness is really just something on the outside.
(Draw a smiley face on the bottle.)
If I told you I was going to give you $100 you would probably be really happy. It’s something that happens on the outside that makes you happy. The problem with happiness is that if the things around you aren’t going well you aren’t happy anymore. Maybe instead of me giving you $100 you lose $100 and now you aren’t happy anymore.
(Draw a frown face on the bottle. While you are doing this make sure you shake up the bottle a little so it will spray when you open the bottle.)
In Nehemiah 8:10 we read that Joy is our strength. Joy is something that comes from within.
(Open the bottle and let the water spray out.)
If something good happens to you you may be happy, but you can also have joy inside your heart. Make something bad happens and you are now sad, but you can still be joyful because joy comes from within your heart not from our circumstances. God’s joy is our strength in tough times. We are able to be joyful because we know that God loves us and cares for us and that our names are written in Heaven.
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- Kazoo or recorder
(Start the lesson by playing the instrument loudly and not very well).
Do you guys like my song?
No? You mean it’s not the best music that you have ever heard in your life?
Well it’s not the best music that I’ve ever heard either. I think the kazoo is sort of an obnoxious instrument to listen to. But even though you didn’t like my song very much, I know that God liked it and that is because I was playing that song on my kazoo to praise Him.
Do you think that God would rather listen to a beautifully written country western song about a dog and a car and a cowboy hat or a song that is out of tune but is sung by someone that is praising Him? (Allow answers).
Well God’s word says in Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Did you notice that verse says to make a joyful “noise” to The Lord? We don’t have to have the most beautiful voice in the world to be able to praise Him and we don’t have to be the best musician to praise him either. God looks at our hearts and He wants us to praise him and be joyful when we do it.
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