Before class, prepare game cards by writing one of the following whine-worthy problems on each index card or scrap of paper. Depending on how many students you have, add additional scenarios or make duplicate cards and have two or more students show their best, whiny response at the same time to the card they received.
- Your mom makes your least favorite meal.
- Your sister’s taking forever in the bathroom.
- Your teacher promised to bring donuts for the class and forgot.
- Your coach promised to let you start the next game and went back on it.
- Your dad made you late for school.
- The movie you wanted to see is sold out.
- Your friend didn’t invite you to their birthday party.
- Your gaming system broke.
- You got in trouble for something your brother did.
Greet your students as they enter. Ask them to share something that has annoyed them in the past week.
It’s amazing how easy it is to start talking about things that annoy us. The truth is, life is full of situations—big and small—that are not our “ideal.” We’re going to play a game. Give your BEST over-the-top, dramatic whine to the situation you receive. Hand out cards and play a round of the game by calling out the letter of a scenario and having the student give their best whine. Make sure that they know to give enough information in their whiny response so that the other students know what they are whining about. If you’ve created duplicate cards due to class size, ask for everybody with an “A” card to step forward to give their best whiny response to the scenario on their cards, etc.
- Why do you think complaining about things comes so naturally to us? (Answers will vary and could include: There are just a lot of things that can go wrong, we all need to vent, it’s easier to complain than actually try to solve a problem, etc.)
- What kind of response does complaining normally get? (Nothing changes, you just annoy the person you’re whining about or to, etc.)
We’re not the only ones who can fall into a bad habit of complaining. Today we’ll look at what happened once the Israelites left slavery in Egypt and started experiencing freedom. It wasn’t as easy as they’d hoped! They whined about food and water and even wanted to go back to slavery in Egypt. Let’s see what we can learn from them, from their leader Moses, and from the response of our perfect and loving God.