Choose a child. Show him the chair that is not folded and say: “Sit in the chair!”
When the child tries to open the chair. Stop! Don’t let him open the chair.
Repeat firmly the previous instruction: “Sit on the chair” but don’t let him open it open.
When the child resists, ask him why he does not listen to you and does not sit down.
When the child tells you that he must open the chair first, you can take the chair and let the child return to his place. Continue the lesson by asking the following questions:
Does anyone think they can do what I asked?
Can someone sit in that chair without opening it?
Remind children that they cannot sit on a folding chair unless they open it. A folding chair has four legs to support you. Folded, the chair has only two legs touching the ground. Without these other two legs and the lowered seat, you can’t sit on a folding chair. I wanted to do this to illustrate something. Sometimes in life, there are times when you want to move forward. You want to dive and do something exciting. But you can’t just come in like this and do what you want. For example, you can’t run on the football field and be the quarterback if you’ve never practiced with the team. Another example is that you cannot operate in a hospital without going to college and medical school. You have to deal with the first things first.
Keep going and tell the children that the sad thing is that some people are taking the lead and doing what they want without setting priorities. It’s like they don’t open the folding chair before they sit there. And the biggest thing most people forget to do first is to look for God. If you have an important decision to make, you must first entrust it to God. If you are starting something new that will require your best, you should pray about it. Even if it is a new project to serve God, you must first seek God. Am I saying that God will trap you if you don’t go to see him first? No! But God knows you better than your heart. He has a plan for you and if you want to live that plan to the fullest, you have to put God first.
Finish by saying that Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God first, and “all these things” will be added to you. That does not mean that we will get everything we want. In fact, when we seek God first, he sometimes stops our plans. But if this happens, it’s because God has another plan, a bigger and better plan than anything you can imagine.