Greet your students as they enter. While everyone is getting settled, ask your students about any hopes or dreams they have for the future—how would they like to spend their lives? If nothing stood in the way and they were guaranteed some level of success in whatever they attempted, what would they choose to do? Engage in conversation until everyone is ready to begin.
So, say you’ve decided what you would do with your life if you could do anything and nothing was standing in your way.
- How would you prepare for your chosen profession? (Answers will vary depending on your students stated choices.)
- Would your choice alter anything you do today? In other words, would you have to move, or would you spend less time playing video games or watching TV and more time practicing something? (Help your students think through what might help in a particular chosen profession. Someone who wants to be a champion surfer would probably need to move close to the ocean to practice; an Olympic figure skater would need to take lessons and work out all day—maybe even be tutored rather than go to public school, etc.)
- Considering those life changes, would you still want to choose the same profession, or would you want to go a different direction? Why? (Answers will vary.)
Now imagine that, at the last minute, after all the preparations you’ve made, something happens to stop your plans! How would that feel to spend all that time preparing with a purpose only to have it fall through? Give your students a short time to express their thoughts and then share the following video clip with them [3:20]:
A Paralyzed Rider’s Mission to Become World Champion
Amberley had a purpose and she didn’t let her accident and disability get in the way of that. Instead, she outfitted herself with physical therapy, a special saddle and other gear, and relearned how to do what she loved. She also trained a horse to respond to her commands without the use of her legs—all of this was so she could continue to fulfill her goal. Our lesson today is about how God uniquely prepares us to fulfill a specific purpose. Let’s see how God went about preparing Moses for what He had in mind for him.