Before class, write this riddle on a whiteboard or screen-shared document: “It belongs to you, but your friends use it more. What is it?” (Don’t write the answer for students to see: Your name.) If there is enough time, you can write more.
As students arrive, greet them and invite them to think of the solution to this riddle. After everyone has had a chance to think of the answer, invite students to share their ideas.
- Were you frustrated from trying to solve this problem? (Answers will vary.)
- As we work through problems, our emotions play a part in the process. What kind of emotions might people experience as they tackle their problems? (Sadness, frustration, determination, perseverance, discouragement, etc.)
Many times, when we’re faced with a problem, we experience some kind of discouragement or frustration. When that happens, it’s hard to look past the negative and see the good.
- Think about a problem you’ve had recently. What kinds of things made you feel down and discouraged? (Allow students to think and share responses. Students may respond with topics about losing friends, hurting/damaging relationships, knowing that someone is angry with them, anticipating punishment or consequences, losing something important or valuable.)
- When you’re feeling down, what do you do to help you feel better? (Answers will vary, but may include praying for God’s strength, getting help from a parent or adult, trying a new way of fixing the problem, taking a break, having someone help, processing emotions by writing or drawing.)
We all have to deal with the ups and downs that come with problems, no matter who we are. Sometimes we know exactly what we need to do to fix a problem, and we jump right into figuring it out. But other times, the solution is not as easy to find, and discouragement causes us to feel down. Today we’re going to talk about someone in the Bible who felt the same way—let’s see what happened.
Riddle Source: https://www.prodigygame.com/main-en/blog/riddles-for-kids