Tag: optimism

October 23, 2010
Strength in Your Thoughts

Have the student stand up with one of their arms outstretched straight to the side. Tell them that you are going to apply pressure on their hand and try and push it down. Their job is to keep their arm up in the horizontal position. Ask the student to think about something horrible that has […]

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April 5, 2010
Trials - Carrot and Egg

Objects needed: carrot egg Lesson Here is an object lesson idea emailed to me from my friend Brent Anderson, a former Seminary teacher: "I took in a carrot and an egg. I asked [the students] what happened when they are boiled. One turns soft and the other turns hard even though the same thing happened […]

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August 16, 2008
Optimism versus Pessimism

One's attitude regarding circumstances and people depends upon their attitude and what they are looking for... positive things or negative things. A woman with a beautiful rose garden has two neighbors... one an optimist and the other a pessimist. She invites the optimist over to have cookies.. the optimist looks out her large window and […]

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June 1, 2008
Everything red

Focusing on the negative keeps us from being grateful about the positive. After everyone in the room has had a sufficient time period to look for everything in the room that is red, ask them to close their eyes. Then ask them to keep their eyes closed and tell them they can raise their hand […]

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May 14, 2008
Life is a Journey- Not an Obstacle!

This lesson is different than any 'obstacle course' object lesson, but it has a great point. Often times in life, we place obstacles in our way that really don't need to be there. Such obstacles include our own weaknesses, sins, pride, grudges, drama, stress, envy- you name it! Other 'obstacles' might really not be obstacles […]

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September 5, 2005
A Pebble in your shoe

Items needed DumDums or other hard candy pebbles As our YW come in the room, I put a pebble in their shoe and a DumDum in their mouth and ask them to walk around the room before sitting down. After they are all seated, I ask them to tell me about their walk. Everyone of […]

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July 8, 2005

Items needed a pair of glasses with a strong reading prescription Ask a young woman to put on the prescription glasses and read Isaiah 55:8-9. It should be blurry for her. Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens […]

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September 22, 2004
Positive Outlook

Items needed a piece of paper (or picture of a person) Start this object lesson by holding up the sheet of paper. Tell the group that it represents our lives. We do all have many problems and disappointments in our lives; (ex. having a flat tire in the middle of the desert, having to care […]

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September 22, 2004
Rising above

Items needed a large jar (larger than a quart, like a pickle jar) popped popcorn, enough to fill half of the jar a ping pong ball Fill up a large jar (larger than a quart, if possible) half way up with popcorn. Take a ping pong ball and push it to the bottom of the […]

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