I enjoy being able to incorporate music into our time together. There are many secular artists who have powerful messages to share through their songs. But much of the music that is on the i-pods of our young people is shocking. As I talked with the middle school youth at our recent gathering, it was apparent that they are not listening to the lyrics, and not thinking about what messages are being portrayed. Katy Perry recently came out with a song, Firework, that has a great message for young people today. Her music video is here.
After listening to the song (or watching the video) talk about reactions/what stands out in the video. Are there certain lyrics that you can relate with?
Lyrics (You may want to print out a copy of the lyrics to highlight different parts)
Some of the lyrics that I highlighted are:
Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta ignite the light
and let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show them what you’re worth
You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future hold
After a hurricane comes a rainbow
What are your God given gifts? What talents do you enjoy sharing with others.
What do you want to do/be? Have people told you no? Who has supported you?
Read 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Give each person a balloon and have them blow it up (but don’t tie it off). We all are filled with the Spirit, given special gifts and talents. Each of our balloons are different, just like each of us. We are all unique. But sometimes people try to deflate us. (Have the youth slowly take some air out of their balloon). Ask: Has anyone tried to deflate you? How did you feel? Have you ever caused someone else’s balloon to deflate? Have you said something or done something to hurt others? Or maybe you choose not to stand up for someone and caused them to feel deflated? We are reminded in our reading from 1 Timothy that we are to be an example. God loves us and cares for us. God is with us through our moments of joy when we find our balloons being filled and moments of darkness when we feel our balloons being deflated.
*In planning for this activity, keep your audience in mind. Giving each of them a balloon may be too distracting, so you may want to use one balloon as an example.
Think about ways that young people can set an example in their words (speech). In their actions (conduct). In loving others. In their journey of faith. What does it mean to live with Christian integrity and morals (purity)?
Each of us created as beautiful people of God, with different gifts and talents to share. Youth should not be afraid to express who you really on the inside. We all have imperfections and make mistakes. But we shouldn’t let our flaws stop us from living the life that God intends for us. We are called to celebrate the gifts and talents that each of you bring to our group, to this church, and to our world.
Close with an affirmation and prayer.