Youth Game: Empty Package

Tonight we were talking about how there is an emptiness in our heart that only God can fill. Many times people try to fill that void with other things, but when they get what they think will make them whole it only leaves them wanting more.

So we played a game (a variation on Rock Paper Scissors called “Gorilla, Man, Gun”. For the prize I held up a 4 pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. After the game and a winner had been announced I presented the prize. It was then that the winner discovered that the prize was just the package and that I had already eaten the candy. I had glued the package back together, but there were no tasty peanut butter cups inside.

Part of me wanted to pull out a whole pack and give it to the winner, but I thought the point worked better if he didn’t get anything. Cruel maybe, but it makes a great opening to a lesson. Try it out!

3 thoughts on “Youth Game: Empty Package

  1. Meredith says:

    Yes, I can’t belive you didn’t later give him a new pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups. I would have begrudged that for a long time.

  2. JD says:

    I love the use of a game as an illustration, it would really catch the kids by surprise, but come on- at least give the kid a Reese’s after the lesson is over! :)

  3. The Average Youth Minister says:

    I listened to a Andy Stanley sermon one time and he called 3 volunteers on stage. He gave 1 an itunes gift card and another an ipod (I don’t know what he gave the middle one). He was illustrating how the world doesn’t give out things in a balanced manner. Then he just sent them off stage. So come on, at least I didn’t promise an ipod and send them home with a gift card.

    The reason I didn’t have a backup snack, however was that I wanted to put $5 inside of it and then at the end reveal that what you thought was worthless was actually worth more than what you imagined. But in the end I didn’t have 5 bucks at the time.

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