Attitude Influence

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Best for ages 6 to 12

You’ll need a Bible, a basketball and a tennis ball

Say: The kind of person you are rubs off on other people.

Ask: What happens when you’re in a rotten mood at home? Pause
for answers. Pretend this basketball is you in a really bad mood.
And this tennis ball is your friend who’s in a fine mood.
But then your friend starts hanging around with you. Take the two
balls and hold them with the tennis ball on top of the basketball,
putting one hand under the basketball and the other hand on top of
the tennis ball. Release them simultaneously. When dropped at the
same time, the tennis ball should bounce off the basketball and fly
into the air.

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Ask: How was what happened to the tennis ball like or unlike
what happens when you spread a good or bad mood? Pause for answers.
Say: In our experiment, the energy from the basketball transferred
to the tennis ball. This is just like your attitude. The longer
people hang around you, the more your attitude transfers to
them.

Ask: What happens to others around you when you have a good
attitude? Tell about a time you were a positive influence on the
people around you.

Read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:16. Say: The Bible tells us to be
joyful always. That’s part of living a God-centered life. When
we’re joyful always, we’re a good influence on our friends and
classmates.

Ask: What helps you stay joyful?How does joyfulness help others
see God?

Pray for kids to be a joyful influence on their friends this
year.

This is excerpted from the article “Happy New You” featured
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