Imagine how YOU would complete the following mission.
 
You are part of a team of 8 people competing against other teams.  
Each team receives a paperclip.  
Your assignment is to go door-to-door in a neighborhood to convince strangers to trade and upgrade the paperclip to obtain the largest and most valuable item.  

You have 45 minutes to bring your “bigger and better” items back to the starting point.  
Ready, Set, GO!

My daughter, Emery, accepted this challenge along with her fellow ninth grade classmates at a social this past weekend.  The gracious and imaginative hosts planned this activity for the teens, and they had a blast AND success.
 
What types of items do you think the teams of teens brought back? These groups of creative kids coupled with willing and open-handed homeowners acquired a wild variety of items including the following:
 
  1. Life-size cardboard cutout of Harry Styles (a singer from the group One Direction)
  2. Thanksgiving wreath used to adorn the front door
  3. A 5x2 foot framed print of art featuring a comic book style woman with the caption, “Oh Brad” 
  4. A full-size armchair
  5. Multiple lamps
  6. Yoga Ball
 
All of the teams could have won, but the prize was given to the team that procured the armchair.  Not only did it meet the criteria of bigger and better than a paperclip, but it also required cooperation amongst the team to carry the chair back to the starting point in the 45-minute time frame! 
 
As we all know, this activity could have flopped for a variety of reasons.  If the hosts did not have faith in the teens to communicate well with their neighbors, if the teens had not been invested, if the neighbors refused to answer their doors, if the neighbors had not been as generous or interested, etc.  The teens walked away seeing that, sometimes, really small beginnings can multiply and grow exponentially when people believe in and support your mission.
 
Self-Reflection Activity
Take a moment to reflect on ONE or more of your own personal experiences in which you started with something small (an idea, a physical item, investment, etc.) that grew to something far bigger or better over time.
 
Describe that experience to someone else or write it down on paper.

  1. What personal characteristics or traits were critical to having that small start bloom and grow into something larger?
 
  1. Name the people that supported your efforts.  How did they support you?  
 
  1. Did anyone challenge your efforts?  How did that challenge support or hinder your progress?  How did you overcome the challenge?
 
  1. What types of situational factors contributed positively to the growth of that small beginning?
 
  1. Can you see God working in that experience?  How? 
 
 
Take the next step…
Consider how YOU can contribute positively
to someone else’s small start.

 
 
Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
 
2 Corinthians 9: 6-8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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