For Youth Workers Post


Craig Mitchell

“In the Habit” session for use with devozine meditations for March 1–6, 2016.



Before you meet together, take a few minutes to be still and to pray. Open the session by talking together about these questions:
       How has your week been?
       How is school? Which subjects do you enjoy most?
       With which teachers do you get along? With which ones are you struggling?
       What do you most look forward to at school?


Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:5-64:7-104:16-185:1-35:4-65:7-95:16-17

Distribute slips of paper and pens. Invite people to write on each slip of paper a brief sentence that describes an embarrassing situation. The sentence should begin, “When I . . . “ Ask them to avoid names or other identifying details. Place the slips of paper into a bowl. Then ask the group to think about the following questions:
       Do you find yourself in embarrassing situations often, sometimes, rarely, or never?
       How do you behave when you are embarrassed? when someone else is embarrassed? Do you laugh, pretend to be somewhere else, or offer comfort?

Ask people to form small groups. Assign each group one or more of the following verses: 2 Corinthians 4:5-6; 4:7-10; 4:16-18; 5:1-3; 5:4-6; 5:7-9; 5:16-17. Invite each group to read the assigned passage(s) and to discuss the following questions:
       What does the scripture say about how we see ourselves? how others see us? how God sees us?
       Have you ever practiced any of the attitudes described in these verses? Why or why not?
       What would make it easier for you to adopt these attitudes?

Next invite someone from each group to draw two or three slips of paper from the  bowl, to read aloud the descriptions of embarrassing moments, and to lead the group in a discussion of what the scripture says to the people in each situation.


Bring the groups together. Invite each group to read aloud one of the embarrassing moments and one of the scripture passages they have discussed. Ask people to imagine that the embarrassing event actually happened to them earlier today and that they are now reading the scripture during their devotional time. Then ask each person to write what he or she would say to God in light of the situation and the scripture.

Place the vase of money or jewelry in the center of the group.

Invite people to read aloud a key verse from one of the passages they were assigned. After each verse is read, encourage people to read one of the prayers they have written.

Close the session with this prayer:

“God of goodness and love,
you are like the potter,
     and we are your creations.
You craft us. You cradle us.
     You delight in our design.
You give us peace and fill us with faith.
You look beyond the surface
     to what lies within us.
We carry a treasure:
     your death and life—
     a daily baptism of rebirth.
May these fragile vessels be filled
     on earth with heavenly hope.


There are times when youth group games rely on embarrassing people in public. Think about the embarrassment factor the next time you plan.


—from devozine In the Habit (July/August 2004). Copyright © 2004 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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