I’ve never been picked first for dodge ball.
There are few things in life more embarrassing than the dodge ball selection process. Everyone knows who will be number one: tall, strong, fast – the kind of guy who would get Winnie Copper. Everyone also knows who will be last: short, glasses, inhaler – the kind of guy who would have a secret shrine to Winnie Cooper made out of loose hairs and discarded chewing gum. The dodge ball selection process may have been one of the most humiliating experiences of my life, but I more than made up for it in Sunday school on Bible Quiz day.
A few times a year, after she had run out of Bible stories with animals, my Sunday school teacher would put away the flannel graph and break out the Bible Quiz. The Bible Quiz was an attempt to make learning about the Bible fun while simultaneously inspiring the competition Christians are known for. While I may have been picked last for dodge ball, I was the Tom Brady of Bible Quiz.
I loved Bible Quiz day because I finally got to experience what it felt like to be a winner. Instead of the two captains arguing about which dodge ball team had to be hampered by my doughy body, everyone in the Sunday school class wanted me on their team. I was the blue chip, can’t miss prospect of Bible Quiz and, to be honest, I didn't disappoint. I dominated every category from “Egyptian Plagues” to “Miracles of Jesus.”
Unfortunately, though, Bible Quiz would eventually end and Monday morning I’d be back at school getting picked last for dodge ball. I would do my best to bask in the glory of my Bible Quiz triumph, but it quickly faded when the ball hit me in the face and sent my glasses tumbling down.
What creative ways did your Sunday school teacher use to share the lesson?
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