Two Things at Once

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Multi-tasking at work, at home and for God’s kingdom isn’t
always easy. Use this fun object lesson to teach kids their highest
priority…and don’t forget to bring a vacuum along!

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“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for
the glory of God” — 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Supplies: You’ll need Bibles and crackers. You
may also want to have a vacuum cleaner handy.

Say: Sometimes it’s hard to do two things at
once. For example, it takes a little bit of practice to rub your
belly and pat your head all at the same time. Let’s try it.

Have the children rub their bellies and pat their heads.

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Say: That’s pretty hard. Some people can do it,
and some people never can get the hang of it. For some people, it’s
even hard to chew gum and walk at the same time. Some things are
tough to do when you’re already doing something else. I’ve got
another tough one for us to try. Let’s see if any of us can eat a
cracker and whistle at the same time.

Hand out crackers to anyone who wants to try. Have volunteers
chew up a cracker and then try to whistle before they’ve swallowed
the cracker. This is great fun because the children won’t be able
to whistle without blowing cracker crumbs out of their mouths.
Children may be a little reluctant at first, but as soon as one
child has tried it, most of the other children will be eager to
have a turn.

Say: That was a lot of fun! It’s next to
impossible to whistle with cracker crumbs in your mouth. But there
are other things we do all at the same time without even thinking
about it. For example, no matter what you’re doing, your heart is
beating. There are a few people who have great control over their
bodies. These people can slow their heart rate, but their hearts
never stop. Let’s see if we can do it.

Have everyone try to slow their heartbeats down. Then ask:

  • How did that go? Could you slow down your heart?

Say: Here’s another one. No matter what, you can’t go for more
than a minute or so without breathing. We never have to remind
ourselves to breathe-it just happens no matter what else we’re
doing. There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about doing more
than one thing at the same time. Let’s read it together. Distribute
Bibles. Have the children look up 1 Corinthians 10:31, and read it
together. Ask:

  • What do you think this verse means?
  • How can we glorify God when we’re doing such basic things as
    eating and drinking?
  • Is it really possible to glorify God no matter what we’re
    doing? How?
  • Why does God want us to glorify him all the time?

Say: Let’s practice the verse. Each of us will
have a chance to think of something we do in the course of our
lives. Next we’ll all act it out and then say the verse
together.

Have children each think of an action such as brushing their
teeth, waiting for the bus, doing their homework, or playing a part
in the school play. Let the entire class act it out. Then have
everyone recite the verse together. Before going on to the next
child’s suggestion, ask:

  • How can you glorify God while you’re doing that?

You might want to vacuum the cracker crumbs from the floor after
this activity.

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