Being Flexible

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Supplies: You’ll need three Bibles, rubber
bands, paper, and pens.

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Use this active devotion with your team as part of the
team building process

Opening Activity

To begin this devotion, have everyone do stretching exercises,
such as stand and touch your toes with feet spread apart; stand,
cross feet, and touch your toes; and sit on the floor, legs
together, and touch your toes.

Afterward, ask: How flexible are you? How does
this compare to a time in your life when maybe you were a little
more flexible? What factors contributed to your great flexibility
now or in the past?

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Ask: What things have you dealt with recently
where you needed flexibility to adjust? How does your physical
flexibility compare with how flexible you’re feeling about that?
What factors can contribute to your flexibility in this issue?

Say: Take a rubber band and stretch it. Think
about one area related to your ministry or life that you’ll need to
be more flexible in. It might be lack of adequate meeting space,
crazy Christmas schedules, or something else.

Say: Get in three groups. Share that area with
your group. When you’re finished sharing, look at the assignment
sheet I’m giving you and complete the assignment.

Group 1
Read Luke 6:20-23. Rewrite these verses in the context of who’ll
be blessed by being flexible. For example, “Blessed are those who
don’t complain, but happily endure hardship.” Write at least four
blessings.

Group 2
Read Luke 6:24-26. Rewrite these verses in the context of who’ll
have woe by not being flexible. For example, “Woe to you who
grumble and complain behind people’s backs, for you shall lose all
your friends.” Write at least four woes.

Group 3
Read Luke 6:27-31. Rewrite these verses in the context of
instructions for all of us in being flexible. For example, “Love
busy people. Do good to them and wish them well.” Write at least
four instructions.

Once all the groups are finished, have them read their new
verses in order — 1, 2, 3. After the reading, have everyone crunch
together closely.

Pray: God, please pour out your grace to us
when we’re in need of flexibility. Help us shower your grace on the
people around us. Amen.


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