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Balancing Nails Contest


A contest to see who can balance twelve nails against a standing nail.  A more difficult challenge is to balance the nails on the standing nail in such a way that none of the nails touch the wood block, or anything else that might help hold them up.  It can be done!

This contest shows kids that Jesus is working in our lives and is changing us daily into people who please Him.

We'll fall if you shake us!


Pleasing Jesus in our daily lives.

Materials Needed:

Drill Press and set of drills.
For each child:
Thirteen or more nails at least 100 mm long.
Block of wood 120 mm square and 25 mm thick.


Drill a 10-mm deep hole in the middle of each block with a diameter so that a nail just slides into the hole.  Place one of the nails in the drilled hole.  Distribute a prepared block and 12 nails to each child.

Age Group:

Grades 3 - 12 (9 to 18 years).


2 Timothy 1:12b, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to keep what which I have entrusted to Him for that day."


The Contest:

I have a block of wood with a nail in it for each child.  We are going to have a contest to see who can balance twelve other nails against the standing nail.  Who would like to try it?

Have two or three children attempt this in a given time period and then award a small prize to the one who balances the most nails.

Can We Please God?

It's difficult to balance nails as they are thin and round.   It's also difficult for us to please God by trying to be good.

We try not to lose our temper, and then find ourselves shouting at someone.  We try to be nice, and then find ourselves saying something nasty.  No matter how hard we try we will eventually fail to do things that please God.

Paul found that although he planned to do good, he found himself doing something that he knew he shouldn't do.  He went on to say that the only way he could do right things, was with the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Planning to do Good:

The Bible teaches us that our lives must be built on Jesus.  The only hope of us getting to Heaven is "Christ in us".  That means we need Jesus working in our lives and changing us daily into a person that pleases God.

Our God is a Great, Big, Wonderful God and is well able to change and mould our lives.  All we need to know is that Jesus lives in our hearts and that He has forgiven our sins and washed us clean with His blood.  We can then ask Jesus each day to keep us from doing wrong things and make us into Christians that will please God.

I need to trust Jesus that He will do that for me!  What about you?  Are you willing to ask Jesus to change your life and make it into one that will please God?

I challenge you to ask Jesus to change your life and then see Jesus working in you!

God bless.


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