Since Nathan has gotten big enough to walk I have spent a great deal of time in the toy section of Wal-Mart. While wandering through there I sometimes get ideas about ways to use the toys in youth lesson. (see the racetrack activity from a few days ago as an example.) Last night I tried a new one that has been in my head for a while. It didn’t work quite the way that I wanted, but it was still very effective.
My original thought was to buy a radio controlled car and then get another controller that worked on the same frequency. I thought that if 2 people tried to control the same car it would move erratically. Instead it just stopped. Every time it got a signal from both controllers at the same time it just stopped dead.
So I modified the analogy on the fly to look like this. We were talking about how there is only one God and about how each of us try to be the “gods” of our own life. Each of us tries to take control and be the one in charge. The problem with this is twofold. 1) God is actually in control and we are not and 2) we are terrible at it.
I brought a student up on stage and asked him to take the controller and drive the car around the chairs that the rest of the students were sitting in. He didn’t do a very good job so that worked out, but even if he had done a good job the next part would have still proven the point. Then I had him restart the car and try to do the same thing, only this time he had to turn his back to the car. Yeah, it isn’t all that easy to control a r/c car that you can’t even see.
Then I said this. God has given us freedom. He has given us the ability to make choices and to steer our lives. God has given us the ability to choose to follow him or not. We have “control” of our lives just like this guy did of this car. But we can’t see where we are going. We can’t see what is up ahead so we just turn where we think we should turn and go straight when we think we should go straight and end up running into things and not really making it very far.
You can make choices in your life. You can try your best to be the god of your own life. But I have to tell you the truth, you will fail at it. You aren’t good enough to do it. So stop trying and let God be the one in charge of your life.
If you decide to use a r/c car in your own talk let me know how you used it and how it went.