- Name some big changes that have happened to you or that you’ve seen happen to others. (Answers may include: COVID-19 quarantines; getting a brother or sister; moving; death in the family; etc.)
- How did those different events “change life”—in other words, what were things like before the event, and how were they different after the event? (Allow students to identify how being quarantined, a move to a different city, a death in the family, or the birth of a new sibling impacted them.)
Sometimes an event changes life in little ways. Let’s take a look at how life changed one night for an 80-year-old lady named Eleanor.
Play the following clip for your students [2:47]:
Widow who was invited to eat with strangers: “I think God sent me there”
- How did Eleanor’s life change the night she visited Brad’s Bar-B-Que? (Answers: She met new friends; her life isn’t as lonely; she has people to spend time with when her family lives far away.)
- Why did the young man reach out to Eleanor? How has that changed his life as well as the lives of his friends? (Answers: He didn’t like seeing her sitting alone to eat and decided to change that; they are all now friends and have space in their lives for each other; he wants to change the world and can do that by showing kindness to others.)
It seems amazing that an action could have such an impact, doesn’t it? A life-changing event can alter the course of our lives forever. Today we’re going to read a story about a man who had an event happen that changed the course of his life forever.