11/13/12

Tea Bags?

When we grow up we want to be tea bags!

If any of you had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Sam Chand during the Springs Conference you will know where this particular lesson finds it roots.

I put a water bottle full of hot water on the table at the front of the room.  I took out a tea bag and talked about what a tea bag was.  It smelled good, it was full of good things, and it spreads in the hot water and makes the water into tea.  I asked if the tea could ever be taken out of the water again and they all agreed it would never be water again. Tea changed its environment.

We also talked about our heart, and the power our heart has over our mouths and our actions and how God tells us to be careful what we see, what we hear, what we taste etc.  This is because it goes into our hearts and then comes out in how we live our lives.  We did some visual representations looking at our heart being full of good things (God) when we praise and worship, use kind words, read the word, forgive others, treat others with respect and honor, act responsibly, pray, talk to God and so on.  But on the other side if we listen to our friends talk bad about others, steal things, use unkind words like “I am not going to be your friend anymore”, be disobedient to our parents or other adults, do things we know are wrong, lie and so on it fills our heart too.  I used a different color to show how each enters into our hearts, and then covered one colour with another to show how the inside of our heart changes.

Our heart is like the tea inside our tea bag.  It can be fragrant and spread to others in a positive way that may change their lives forever, but it can also make it sour and leave others with a “bad taste” about us. We want to be sweet, strong, fragrant tea bags in the lives of the people around us and in the world around us.  Tea bags change their environment – and so do we!

We made tissue paper tea bags inside we tucked six hearts that show different things we need to have in our hearts in order to be tea bags – kindness, love, compassion, the word, prayer, etc.  Them we placed a tag with our names on them – after all each of us has unique gifts, abilities, and stories and so we each have our own unique “flavor” or fragrance.

2 Cor 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Prov 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Prov 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

 

Today we also completed our word work to practice for the spelling test tomorrow - the kids got to pick scavenger hunt or rainbow words - two of their favourites.  We did our test on Jospeh - which they did amazing on. We also completed our second part on traditions - non-holiday traditions.  We had some great ideas - trips to the lake, movie night, harvesting the garden etc.

Reminders: Spelling test tomorrow.  Please make sure to keep up practicing your scripture verses at home :o).