- What does it mean to be faithful? (Answers might include: dedicated; loyal; true to your belief or cause; etc.)
- What are some examples of when you’ve shown faithfulness? (Answers may include: I’m a loyal friend, I would never betray a friend’s trust and I’ll stay friends with someone no matter what; I’m dedicated to my baseball team; etc. Students may reference being faithful to God. Acknowledge but do not comment on their responses.)
Remaining faithful and dedicated to people, causes, or jobs is important in life. It lets others know we can be trusted and we won’t give up, no matter what comes our way.
Scientists have remained faithful to their research and study of black holes in the universe for the many years. Because of their hard work and dedication to their jobs as scientists, algorithms were developed which revealed to the world the first-ever image of a black hole. From these images, scientists have also learned about the way black holes devour stars. Let’s see this incredible discovery:
Show this clip to your students [2:50; stop at 1:21]:
Stunning images of galaxies reveal how black holes devour stars – BBC News
- This discovery took many years of dedication and hard work—from Dr. Leah Morabito and countless other scientists. Do you think they ever wanted to give up on this project? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
- Have you ever experienced a time where you wanted to quit because something was taking too long? Tell us about it. (Students might mention wanting to drop out of a sports team because it took up all their free time, or wanting to quit band because they weren’t the best at playing their instrument, etc. Be sure to prepare your own answer to share.)
Scientists stuck with this project for many years! Can you imagine how many times they may have wondered if they would ever create the right algorithm? Undoubtedly there was a lot of trial and error—they may have thought the hard work was never going to pay off.
Remaining faithful can be hard! If someone disappoints you, or if something is taking too long, it’s easy to want to walk away and forget about it. It takes strength of character to stick with something no matter what. Today we’re going to talk about an extraordinary example of faithfulness in the life of Joseph.