Day 1: Keeping Your Eyes Open
In the world of spiders, she gets a lot of attention. Take a guess - you already know her name….she’s the Black Widow. Her bite is feared because its venom is “reported” to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's. I don’t think that is true - (most people who are bitten suffer no serious damage— let alone death). But she often does make you rather sick. And most folks avoid them. Well, not all…..
Recently, some brothers got it in their heads that if they were bitten by a Black Widow, they would be given super powers like Spider Man. No, really! - That’s what they thought. So, this trio of brothers - aged 12, 10 & 8 - poked the spider with a stick, set off her defenses and purposefully allowed her to bite each one of them. Brave choice or stupid choice?
A. The 3 amigos became like Spider Man
B. The boys weren’t affected at all by the bites
C. They all ended up in the hospital - really sick!
D. I just made all that up
The correct answer is “C” (with muscular pain, sweating, fever and general tremors) & I would imagine Mom had a few things of her own to say and do once she got them home).
Maybe those brothers will grow old together and re-tell the story of the time when they came up with the “hairbrain” idea of allowing themselves to be bitten by a Black Widow….
Now, I don’t believe that there are stupid people, but I do believe that people sometimes make some really bad choices/dumb decisions. For insstance, can you name the famous ocean liner that sank on its 1st maiden voyage (killing more than 1,500 aboard)? Can you say “Titanic” …..
It was April 1912. Almost everyone was so confident in the Titanic, they called the ship “unsinkable.” See if you spot any problems:
~The ship was never test driven
~There were no safety regulations in place for a ship that size and the Titanic didn't carry adequate safety equipment
~There were only 16 lifeboats (not enough for even 1/2 the people)
~Crew members weren't prepared with binoculars
~The boat didn’t have adequate lighting for an emergency
~Even though the Titanic had a state-of-the-art wireless messaging system, the crew was not trained very well in how to use it
~ The helmsman may have made a steering error and failed to correct course in time to miss the iceberg.
The sinking of the Titanic was a disaster that could have been / should have been avoided. It’s easy to look back and see the mistakes…..
EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES
EVERYBODY MAKES GOOD DECISIONS & BAD DECISIONS….
In your own notebook or journal, write down 3 good decisions that you’ve made that you are proud of!
Now, write down 2 not-so-good decisions that you’ve made that you are not proud of!
We all make some really good choices….and sometimes we make come really bad one. Welcome to the human race! The Bible is full of people - REAL PEOPLE - who lived life and made decisions and some of their decisions were great and some of their decisions were not-so-great (sometimes, they made terrible decisions).
One of the things I love about the Word of God is that God is ALWAYS truthful when He speaks and He “tells it like it is.” He talks about the great decisions that people made and He talks about the bad decisions that they made. One of the reasons He tells us about the lives of people is He wants us to learn from them.
Would you pick one of the following individuals from the list below? Day Two’s session will give you some specific instructions regarding that person you picked.
Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Elijah,
Esther, Daniel, Mary (Jesus’ Mom), Peter,
Hannah, Moses, Paul, David, Barnabas