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How you think matters because it affects how you live.

Play the Brain Game to make sure you’re thinking right.

SUMMARY:

Did you know that what you think in your mind is important? Everything you learn and everything you believe will eventually affect the way you live your life. For example:

  • If you believe in being healthy, you will eat a lot of vegetables.
  • If you believe in the Golden Rule, you will help a kid who drops his books.
  • If you believe in obeying your parents, you will take out the garbage when they say so.

Do you see how important it is to think right? It’s not just a game – it actually matters! Thinking right can help you live right. But this is also true: thinking wrong can make you live wrong. So be careful about what you think!

There’s a game for this, and it’s called The Brain Game. Here’s how it works. First make a list of things that you know are true. Here are some examples:

  • My parents love me.
  • Jesus loves me.
  • Jesus died on the cross for me.

You can finish that list on your own or with your family or class. When you’re done with the first list, make a second list of the things you know are NOT true. For example:

  • Junk food is good for you. 
  • Unicorns are for real.
  • Yellow snow is tastier than white snow. (It’s not a snowcone, kids. Trust me, don’t eat yellow snow!)

Do you get the point of the Brain Game? What you believe really matters. If you believe in silly stuff, you’ll end up looking silly. That’s why the Bible tells us to protect our minds, like in this verse:

Proverbs 4:23 (CEB) More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.

The Brain Game is all about protecting your mind. Take that piece of paper, and rip it right down the middle. This is the fun part. Hold on to what is true. Crumple up the stuff that is false, and shoot it into the garbage can.

The Brain Game is fun, and you can play it throughout your life, not just when you’re a kid. Here’s what you’ll need to play:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Bible

That’s it! But don’t forget. The Brain Game’s instruction book is the Bible. The Bible tells us what is true and what is false. So keep reading your Bible, and keep playing the famous Brain Game!

Talk About It
  1. Set Up: Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this topic? Explain.
  3. Make a list of silly things people might believe. (ie yellow snow is good for you, candy is a vegetable, unicorns are real)
  4. Why do our thoughts affect our actions?
  5. What are some consequences for thinking the wrong way about something?
  6. What book tells us the right way to think?
  7. Read 2 Corinthians 10:5.  What should we take captive? Who should we choose to obey?
  8. Takeaway: Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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