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Do you want to help your children or students understand true joy and where it comes from? This object lesson can help them understand that joy comes from having a relationship with the Lord, not external factors. Here’s how to conduct this lesson:
1. Begin by talking about what happiness is and what makes us happy. Ask your children or students to share what brings them happiness.
2. Light the candle and explain that it represents the bad and hard things that happen in our lives. Tell your children or students that everyone faces difficulties, but people respond to them in different ways. Ask them to share any hard experiences they may have had or are currently going through.
3. Put the balloon that represents happiness (the one with only air) over the candle flame. The balloon will pop to demonstrate that external factors that bring happiness are temporary and can be easily taken away.
4. Look up Psalm 16:11 and read it aloud together. Discuss what it means to have joy in the Lord.
5. Light the candle again, and put the balloon with water inside over the flame. This time the balloon will not pop. Explain that this demonstrates how having a relationship with the Lord gives us true joy that external circumstances cannot remove.
6. Use this opportunity to explain that when someone is filled with the joy of the Lord, their circumstances will not dictate how they respond emotionally to the world around them. Their outlook will be more focused on who Jesus is and less on what is happening around them. This is how to have true joy.
7. Ask the questions from the lesson and encourage your children or students to engage by responding to what they learned. Specifically, ask them how they can apply these truths to their lives.
In conclusion, this object lesson can help children or students understand that true joy comes from having a relationship with the Lord. By focusing on Jesus, we can experience authentic joy that is not dependent on external factors. Let’s encourage our children or students to pursue a relationship with the Lord and find true joy in Him.