Use this object lesson on finding balance to teach kids to put God at the center of their lives.
Object Needed: Level
Big Idea: Make God the center of your life.
We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it. Enjoy watching!
Finding Balance Object Lesson Script
Has anyone had a chance to use one of these tools? What is it called?
A level is a really special tool. You can see it has a small tube of liquid with two lines marked on it and a bubble inside. When the bubble is directly in the center of the two lines, the level is perfectly balanced with the center of gravity. Can anyone tell me when you might use this and why it would be so useful?
If you’ve ever helped your mom or dad hang a shelf or a picture, you know how important a level can be. When you’re hanging a shelf, you want it to be balanced and level to the ground. If it’s not balanced, what happens when you put things on the shelf? They can slide off! And depending on what you put on that shelf, that can create quite a mess.
The level is a good reminder that we need to have balance in our lives. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon talks about how there is a time and a season for everything. Right now, your lives are pretty simple. There’s a time to play, a time to do schoolwork, a time to be with family, a time to spend with the Lord, and of course, a time to rest. As you grow older, you’re going to have more things taking up your time: sports, music, school clubs, volunteer work, jobs, and, of course, more homework. It’s going to get more and more challenging to make time for all the things you want to do and have to do.
So how do you keep balanced? Let’s look at the level. We know the level is balanced when the bubble is in the center of the two lines. Just like the bubble, we can keep our lives balanced when we keep God in the center of our lives. When you put God first, God will give you the wisdom to know how to keep that balance. You’ll learn to make time for the stuff you have to do—like homework, practices, and jobs—with the stuff you want to do—like playing and having fun—and the stuff you need to do—like spending time with God and your family.
When God falls away from the center, things can get out of balance very fast. But when you keep God in the center, you’ll find you have more than enough time to do the important things in life!