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I Hate Me!

I'm useless!

Application:

To help teens develop a good sense of self-worth.

Game Materials Needed:

Place dress-up clothes for a baby, youth, mother and father, each in a separate bag.  A suggested list of clothing is below, but sure each bag has the same number of items.

  1.  Baby: Nappy, bib with tie strings, baby hat, dummy (on a loop of string), teen-sized pyjamas.

  2.  Youth: Large baggy pants, large tee-shirt, cap, huge tackies, sunglasses.

  3.  Mother: Large size dress, wig, hat, handbag, apron.

  4.  Father: Overalls, shirt, tie, hat, soccer socks.
Materials Needed for Each Team:

A whiteboard.
Dry-wipe pens.
For each teen, copies of the "I Like Me" worksheet.
Bibles.
Pens or pencils.

Click here for "I Like Me" worksheet

Texts:

Genesis 1:31.

 

"And God saw all that He had made, and it was very good!" (Genesis 1:31).
Look at Me!
We need to develop a sense of self-worth because we are all made in God's image.  But, it's not the outside that counts.  You may be fat, or thin, or tall or short.  You may be clever, or not so bright.  You may be a good sports person or somebody who dislikes sport.  But, the main point is that God made you, and He did a good job!  So don't be ashamed.

Press here for the optional "Loving Yourself" story

Activity Programme:
Divide the group into four teams with equal numbers, and let them line up at one end of the hall.  At the other side of the hall, place a bag of clothes in front of each team.  Announce that everybody is in a relay race and the first team to finish wins!

The first person from each team will run to their bag and dress with all the clothing items they find inside the bag.  They must then parade their costume by turning around to display its splendour to the group's applause and laughter!!

They must then remove the clothing, return it to the bag, and run back and tag the next person on their team.  The relay continues and the first team to finish wins!

After the game get the teams to complete the "I Like Me" worksheet, and discuss how teens can develop a good self-worth in today's world.   Let a member from each team give feedback of their findings.

How does God See People?
The prophet Samuel was told by God to go and check out Jesse's sons, and find the one that God wanted him to annoint as the next king of Israel.   Samuel was greatly inpressed by their size, strength and good looks.   But, in 1 Samuel 16:7, God showed Samuel how He saw people and said:

"Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

How God Sees Us:
We often imagine that God is a stern old man who sits on His throne and frowns as He looks down on us, and sees what we are thinking and doing.  But, this is not true and we need to get a new picture of God.  He smiles as He points to us and says to the angels, "That's one of mine who is learning to know Me and serve me!"

Be encouraged by Matthew 10:29-31, where Jesus said:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don't be afraid for you are worth more than many sparrows."

Closure:
God made us in His own image, and He sent His one and only Son to die in our place for our sins and to purchase Eternal Life for us.  In Jeremiah 31:3 God said:

"I have loved you with an everlasting love
and I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

This makes us very valuable to God!  There are three things that we need to remember, and remind ourselves every day:

  1.  When He saw us created, God thought it was very good.

  2.  We are worth more than all the gold in the whole world.

  3.  God loves each of us very dearly as the apple of His eye!

God Bless!
 

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