This is a really fun, easy to do and easy to set up lesson. I am using it to teach ambition but if you use a little bit of creativity and imagination you can use the same object lesson to teach many many different things. Whatever you use it for PLEASE let me know so I can include it here for myself and others!
What you need:
- Ink pen that erases by friction such as Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pens which I purchased from Amazon.com (click the link below to purchase yourself) but can usually also be found in retail shops like WalMart
- Paper (bigger is better and white preferred)
Just keep in mind that anything that you write or draw using the friction erase pens will disappear when you heat it up with the lighter. In the illustration that I am doing here the middle capital “I” was written in a regular black ink pen and all of the rest was written with the friction erase pen.
“Today we’re going to be talking about ambition.”
Pull out the paper here and show the word that is written on it
“Most times there is nothing wrong with ambition, in fact, it is a wonderful thing! Wanting to do something for God or for yourself is GREAT but sometimes the things that motivate us to do those things can be.”
“Why do we do all the things that we do? Why do we sing in the choir or want to be the one with the solo? Why do we try to build our bus routes? Why do we try to do well in the things that we do?”
“Is it because we are trying to please God and make him happy or is it so that others will think more highly of us?”
“You can never fool God because He sees right through any false fronts that we put up.”
Pull out the lighter
“When the light of God’s word is put on ambition it sees through anything.”
Light the lighter and hold it up to the back of the paper and follow the lines. You’ll see that anything written with the friction pen will disappear while what is written with the normal pen will stay visible.
“If our motivation is incorrect this is what God sees, He sees that our own self-image, our own pride, what others think of us is really the motivating factor in the things that we do.”