Begin today’s lesson by asking the following questions to your class.
- What are some things that bring you hope? (Answers will vary based on students’ experiences; but students may mention friends, plans for the future, or their relationship with Jesus.)
- How do you measure whether you feel fulfillment in life? (Answers will vary based on students’ experiences; but students may mention friendships, family relationships, hobbies, or plans for the future.)
- Imagine you had fame, a successful career, and lots of money. Do you think these things would bring you fulfillment? (This is a difficult question to answer without actually experiencing these things firsthand; however, we can look to others who have lived life in this way and see the results. Let your students express their own opinions without judging their responses.)
On July 17, 2020, Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya died by suicide at only 20 years old. She had competed in the 2018 Olympic Games and was considered very successful. Ekaterina had fame, talent, and a bright future in figure skating—until she was diagnosed with epilepsy. This medical condition made it increasingly challenging to skate. After retiring from skating, she found herself in a hopeless state.
By every measure, Ekaterina had lived a life full of incredible experiences, and in spite of her medical condition, still had a bright future ahead. Despite this, she, like many famous people, was unable to find hope and happiness.
Today, we’re going to learn that the key to a life worth living lies in something (and Someone) that no amount of fame, talent, money, or power can buy. Let’s take a look.