High School

Decisions, Decisions

Lesson 3 

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Fall 2019

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By: Jill Meek  

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September 15, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Make every decision count for God.

Bible Basis:

Luke 9:28-31; John 1:17; 5:45-4; Hebrews 3:5-6

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about the decision-making process that went into production of the new Lion King movie as they consider how to make every decision count for God.

Memory Verse:

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
—1 Corinthians 15:58

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about the decision-making process that went into production of the new Lion King movie as they consider how to make every decision count for God.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Open your time today by asking if anyone saw the new Lion King movie over the summer. Ask whether they had seen the animated version as children, whether the movie meant anything to them, and what their expectations were for this new film.

The animated version from 1994 was a very popular film and there is a generation of adults today who watched that movie as children and have very strong, positive, and nostalgic feelings about it. With that knowledge, let’s look into the director’s decision-making process when making creative choices with this new version.

Play the following video for your students [3:31]:
The Director of the new Lion King movie explains his creative choices:

https://dcc-web-1.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/RLD+Assets/Jon+Favreau+Breaks+Down+The+Lion+King’s+Opening+Scene.mp4

  • What decisions had to be made by the director in creating this remake? (Accept all reasonable answers, such as making things look realistic and how to do so, when and how to keep things similar to the original, and where and how to stray from that.)
  • What informed the director’s decisions when making these choices? (Accept all reasonable answers such as fact-based choices, the eye-test of what looks real and fake when digitally animated, and identifying key shots in the viewers’ memories, etc.)
  • Who is the audience for the director’s decisions? Who do the choices impact? (Accept all reasonable answers. The studio wants to approve a movie that reflects well on them and makes them money. Fans of the original want to love this one just as much as the old one. New viewers want a good movie. The director’s decisions impact them all.)

These are examples of big decisions for a director to make and ones that may impact how one generation feels about an old favorite story and how a new generation understands it for the first time. However, in the grand scheme of things, these decisions are trivial. Some people make even bigger decisions of even greater consequence.

  • What are examples of consequential decisions that everyday or well-known people have to make? (Accept all reasonable answers, including the following examples.World leaders make policy decisions on behalf of their people. Employees sometimes have to choose whether speaking out against wrong is the right decision, even if it costs them their job. Adults vote in elections. Families choose how to spend their money—what they prioritize, or when there isn’t enough money at all, choosing between essentials.) 

Consider, too, some big decisions you have to make in your life. We’ll come back to that later. First, we are going to look at a biblical figure who had to make big decisions on behalf of an entire nation, and the lasting impact of those decisions.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils

At various points along the way, Moses made decisions following God’s lead—decisions that honored God and helped God’s people. Moses made some poor choices too, but for all the times Moses made his decisions count for God, God honored Moses in the pages of history and in heaven. 

  • What are some of the big choices you have to make in your life? (Accept all reasonable answers. This may include what activities to be involved in, or what college to go to, who to hang out with or listen to, and what standards to live by.)
  • What does the decision-making process look like for you? (Answers will vary. Students may go with their gut, ask others for advice, or make pro-con lists based on rational factors. This may be an easy process for some and difficult for others.)
  • What does it mean to make a decision for God or in obedience to God? Do all decisions involve God or just some? (Accept all reasonable answers. For students, God may factor into the decision making more heavily or be the main focus of the decision, and in other situations less so, depending on the decision at hand.)

Our decisions do affect ourselves and others. Sometimes we make decisions based on what we want most or based on what others will think. As followers of Jesus, the audience opinion we ought to value is God’s. All of our decisions have potential to reflect well on God and make God happy. God and God’s Word can inform our decisions—the big ones, the more obviously spiritual ones, and the everyday.

Distribute paper and writing utensils to students. Ask students to each write down on their paper one decision they have to make in the coming days, weeks, or months ahead. Have them then consider and write down how they can invite God into that decision-making process and how their decision might honor God. Encourage them to tuck this into their Bibles to take home and consider each time they come up against that decision.

Close in prayer.

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