The Yo-Yo Lesson

Recently, as an introduction to a lesson about knot tying, we were discussing Proverbs 5:22 in one of the children’s classes I teach. It says,

The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.

My question (what is this saying?) after reading the verse was immediately followed by that “deer in the headlights” looks from about 95% of the group.

Awesome. Let’s try this again, I thought.

We read it again, and again I asked, “What is this communicating?” I got a couple of answers this time and then the thoughts started coming…

“I think it’s saying the more you get in sin, the harder it is to get out….” Good.

“Oh, it’s kind of like evil will tie you up.” Yes- now you guys are on track…

Then a couple thoughts (and a lot of distractions) later, I noticed the demeanor of one of the girls change… her eyes lit up, she sat a little taller in her chair, and as soon as she made eye contact with me, she raised her hand up in the air. “I’ve got it!” she exclaimed.

“So my brother used to do yo-yo- like A LOT. He would do yo-yo tricks all the time. Well, if he got a knot in the string, the trick just would not work. It just doesn’t work to have a knot in the string. That’s what it’s like for us. If we get sin in our life, it just makes life not work. We can’t do things like we are supposed to. That’s what it’s about. Sin messes us up.”

“That’s brilliant,” I said. There really was not much more I could add to that. I think they figured out the proverb….

About Pastor Connie

Connie grew up moving all over the States. Seeing the sites and experiencing the cultures across our country helped develop a love for traveling. Connie spent middle school and high school living the Northwest. After graduating high school, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University were she received a degree in Child Development. She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Northwest Nazarene University and currently serves at Pastor to Children and Families in a church in Eastern Oregon. If she is not at the office, or out with elementary kids, or watching Upward basketball, she is filing her time with exercising, coffee shops, movies, and game nights. Currently she is reading Strengths Based Leadership (Tom Rath & Barry Conchie) and her life goal is to finish War and Peace by Tolstoy. Top movies: The Princes Bride, Joyeaux Noel, Despicable Me Top music: Derek Webb, Rend Collective Experiment, David Crowder Band, Tyrone Wells Top places to travel: San Diego, England, anywhere warm View all posts by Pastor Connie

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