Over the past week or two I have visiting PC classes and sharing a quick encouragement with the students.
First I would unroll a long piece of string and ask the students to tangle themselves up in it. This was usually met with a flurry of excitement as the students wrap themselves (and sometimes their tables, chairs and even fans) in the string!
Once the class was thoroughly tangled I would point out that this string could symbolize two things for their class:
The first thing it could symbolize are feelings of un-forgiveness, resentment, bitterness and anger. These things don’t stop with us but affect others as well. When we harbor these feelings in our hearts, they entangle us and everyone around us. Soon an entire class can be drawn into the same tangle of problems. The class is defined by these hurtful characteristics.
The second thing the string could symbolize is the exact opposite. It could symbolize the way the class loves each other, cares for each other, forgives and encourages one another. The class could be bound together by these things just as powerfully as by the negative things we discussed before.
I then encouraged the students to realize that it is their choice which of these things will define their grade as they continue through the school year. Are they going to tangle themselves together by hurting and fearing one another? Or by showing love towards one another?
The truth is that each grade has the opportunity to choose which type of string they will be bound together by.
But don’t we all?
This truth is not only for our students, but for our families and friendships and work places.
What kind of string is defining your relationships? Is it a string of bitterness, resentment and anger? Or forgiveness, encouragement and love?
In the bible it says:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Mick Spann, Youth Pastor
Glasshouse Country Baptist Church