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Sharing Burdens

We did this activity to go with our SH sound unit

I haven't been focusing on the bible as much as I would like to so this week I made sure to take the time to find a lesson that would fit our unit.

I knew I wanted to do something on sharing.  It fits the theme and is always a good lesson to go over.  As I was researching sharing I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  I was searching for sharing toys or turns, something kid related.  All that came up in my search was sharing each others burdens.

I read the bible verse and knew this is what God wanted me to learn and to teach this week.

Bible Verse
Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.  Each one should test their own actions....without comparing themselves to someone else
-Galatians 6:2-4

We read the bible verse first and went over it's meaning.  
The main question was "what is a burden?"
I explained burdens can be considered a few different things.  They can be stresses you carry, things you worry about, or things on your mind that bother you.  They can also be more physical burdens, when you have a big pile to carry it can be called a burden. 

Then I pulled out the box of wipes and told them we were going to pretend that the wipes are burdens. 

We were going to see how many burdens we could hold on our own 

VS how many we can handle with help

The load was easier to hold when there was help.  Plus they could hold even more with my additional help.

It's okay to ask for help.  It's okay to feel overwhelmed.  
We should also pay attention to those around us and help those who may be carrying a burden, even if they don't ask.

Most importantly God is there to help us with our burdens and He wants to help us with them.  We just have to express to Him we are struggling and admit to ourselves we need assistance.  For children (and adults) this can be one of the hardest things to do. 

I liked how this activity gave a physical demonstration of the heaviness of a burden and how much of a difference help makes.  Even emotional burdens can be eased with the help of a good friend and God.  

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