Welcome your students as they enter. As everyone settles in, ask your students what their least favorite chore is. Picking up their dog’s poop? Emptying the trash? Cleaning toilets? When everyone is settled, ask your students to make a list together of all the things they might be asked to help with in a given week. Make a master list on the whiteboard. When the list is finished, ask your students to put a smiley face next to the things they enjoy helping with, a neutral face next to the things they feel neutral about, and a frowny face next to the things they don’t like helping with.
- Do you feel like you have to help too much? Just the right amount? Not enough? (Answers will vary.)
- What makes helping feel better or worse? (Answers will vary. If your help is appreciated, if it’s a job that’s not too hard, if the person your helping is nice, etc.)
- When you have a choice (like your parents or teachers aren’t forcing you to help) what factors make you more likely to want to help someone? (If they’re nice, if they deserve help, if they’ve helped you before, if you have the time, etc.)
Share the following video with your students [1:12]:
How Bill Gates Helped Jeff Bezos Become the Richest Person in the World | CNBC Make It
- What impressed you the most about this video? (Answers will vary; how rich these two men are, that Bill Gates has given away so much money, all the causes Bill Gates and his wife contribute to, etc.)
- How do you think they feel about being asked for help (mostly through donations) all the time? (Being asked all the time is overwhelming. You might not know who your true friends are because everyone would be nice to you just to get what they want. You just want a minute to yourself, etc.)
Sometimes, being asked for help can be overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like we just have nothing left to give. Jesus felt that way sometimes, too. He helped and He helped and the people just wanted more. But Jesus showed compassion on those people, even when He was tired or they could make Him sick. He helped them no matter what.