Do any of you train for any athletic event or fitness goal? Or, maybe you are part of a robotics team or a difficult honors program at school. Many good things require discipline and training. Many people like the idea of success and being good at something, but they don’t always follow through or persevere to get there. Let’s watch this video together.
Share the following video with your students [3:57; stop at 1:08]:
How man with no arms and legs tackles daily obstacles
After your class is finished watching the video, discuss the following questions together:
- How did you feel when you saw Nick’s disabilities? (Students answers will vary.)
- What does this video clip tell us about persevering instead of making excuses? (It can be very easy to do things the wrong way. We may come up with reasons why we can’t do something. We have the opportunity to try again until we get there.)
- If a teacher, coach, or parent tells you to do something, why is it so hard to obey? (Most teenagers push back against things that might be good for them. All of us—even adults—will search for reasons to disobey.)
Nick would have more reasons that most of us to make excuses for not trying new things or persevering until he accomplishes something. But he proves that if he can do it, none of us have a good excuse.
The Bible shows us many examples of people who refused to obey God’s commands. The Israelites were people who didn’t always take action when God spoke, and the consequences were deadly. Let’s see if we can discover how to get better at quick obedience . . . and put aside excuses.