You can use faith in God not just to overcome fear and find your path in life, and you can incorporate games that teach faith into lessons for your own children or those in a Sunday school class. Because children actually rely on faith as they engage in games demonstrating faith, such activities can have a strong impact.
Hearing the Voice of God
A faith trust walk can teach children to listen for God despite distractions and urgings to the contrary. In this game, one child plays the voice of God while another plays himself, a child of God. Other children will play distractions. Set up an obstacle course consisting of obstructions such as cardboard boxes and stacks of books from one wall of the room to the opposite. Blindfold the "child of God" and position him at one wall. The person portraying the voice of God should use his words to help guide the child of God safely to the opposite wall. Other children should use their words to distract the child. This game teaches a child to focus on the word of God and to trust it, regardless of what others tell him.
Faith in Everyday Actions
A word game emphasizing how nearly every action relies on faith can show children how they take their actions for granted. Have a child create a sentence beginning with “I exercise my faith when I" and ending with an actionable phrase, such as “study for a hard test.” The other children should mimic the action added to the end of the sentence, such as by pretending to open a book to study. The first child should then explain why that action requires faith, such as by saying, “When we study for a hard test, we have faith that God will give us the power to memorize all the important facts for the test.” Have children take turns so that everyone gets a chance to speak while the others react by mimicking the actionable phrase. This game gives children insight into the diversity of actions that require faith.
Faith in the Future
A game that removes negative memories from the past reminds children to have faith in God’s guiding hand. Tie empty tissue boxes to belts, placing four ping-pong balls inside each tissue box. Explain to the children that these ping-pong balls represent past mistakes, failures, and bad feelings, and that with faith in God’s guiding hand, children can remove the weights of the past, leaving only a bright future. By having faith in God, they will release the ping-pong balls without using their hands. Have the children strap on the belts so that the tissue boxes are at the backs of their bodies. When you say, “go,” the children will jump, dance and wiggle around to get the ping-pong balls to fall out of the tissue boxes. They cannot use their hands.
Faith in Saving and Being Saved
Some games can impart an understanding that a child must have faith to be saved and to save others. For such a game, start by dividing the class into two teams and choosing a disciple-maker from each team. Have each team stand at opposite walls. Position the disciple-makers in the center of the room. Explain that a third wall is the “saved” wall. When you say, “go,” have the disciple-makers run to their respective teams, grab a classmate by the hand, and lead the classmate to the saved wall. Have the disciple-makers do this until their walls are cleared and everyone has been saved. After the game, ask the disciple-makers why faith was important in helping them know they would clear their walls. Ask the “saved” children why faith was important in waiting to be saved.
Having obtained a Master of Science in psychology in East Asia, Damon Verial has been applying his knowledge to related topics since 2010. Having written professionally since 2001, he has been featured in financial publications such as SafeHaven and the McMillian Portfolio. He also runs a financial newsletter at Stock Barometer.
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