(Begin inflating balloon. Go
through the twists fairly slowly, as it will not take long to make
the glasses.) There is an old saying that goes, “Hindsight is
perfectly clear vision. Hindsight
is looking back at something.
This saying means it’s easy to clearly see our mistakes
when we look back at a situation that happened in the past.
When the mistake is over, we can easily see clearly as to
what we should have done to make the problem turn out right.
Hindsight may be clear, but it is a very hard way to live
your life. Hindsight
is learning lessons the hard way!
Hindsight is also
20-20 when we look at other people’s mistakes.
If we are wise, we will learn from other people’s
mistakes and not make the same mistake ourselves.
The Bible even tells us to do this in 1 Corinthians 10.
Speaking of the Israelites’ mistakes, verse 6 says,
“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting
our hearts on evil things as they did.”
The Scripture goes on to say that the Israelites tested
God’s patience by grumbling, idolatry, and immorality and
thousands of them dropped dead because of such things.
It then instructs us again in verse 11, “These things
happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for
us…” A wise person sees clearly enough to learn from other
people’s mistakes so that he or she doesn’t have to make the
same mistakes himself.
Add-On: We can also
learn from the past through celebrations like we have tomorrow,
Memorial Day. Memorial
Day is a time to look into the past and remember the sacrifices
people made for our country’s freedom.
For over 200 years, father’s, mother’s, brother’s,
sister’s, husband’s, wives, have died while working in the
military to keep our nation free from cruel and unjust dictators.
When we look into the past and remember their sacrifices, we
should learn great appreciation for those people.
We should also learn to feel great value the freedoms we
have in our country, such as freedom of religion, freedom to
choose our own careers. Learning
from the past is important.]
But did you know
that there is another way to see life even more clearly?
When we accept the gift of salvation that Jesus has given
us, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us.
He communicates to us -- if we are listening -- about
what’s right and wrong, how to witness to people, and of the
plans of God for our lives. That’s
right! God has plans
for you! Psalm 139:16
even says that all God’s plans for every day of your life were
written down before you were even born.
Those plans are good, even better than good!
And, through the Holy Spirit, we can learn the plans of God
and have clear vision for our future, making right choices because
we know what God plans for us.
1 Corinthians 2:9,10 says, “ ‘No eye has seen, no ear
has heard, no mind has conceived [imagined] what God has prepared
for those who love him’ but God has revealed it to us by his
plans for you are better than you can imagine, but His Holy Spirit
will still reveal them to you, tell them to you, if you are
balloon glasses represent having 20-20 vision into our daily
lives, and even our futures, by listening to the Holy Spirit
reveal God’s plans for us.
Want to know
which event to go to this weekend?
Listen to the Spirit and you will see clearly.
Want to know which sports team to be on this year? Listen
to the Spirit. He knew
every day of your life before you were born. Want to know what
classes to take for the career you will someday have?
Listen to the Spirit. He
already knows your career. He
will help you see clearly and make the right choices!
God clearly says
that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you God’s good plans for
you. Just remember to
do your part by each day listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice before
you make your choices and decisions.
(Though this is a
typical style glasses balloon hat, professionals in the balloon
archives do not recommend allowing a child to wear them around
1: Fully inflate a
260Q balloon, burp it, and tie a knot in the nipple end.
Then make a 1 inch twist.
2: Grab the balloon a
little less than 2 feet down from the 1 inch bubble.
Bring that point back to the 1 inch bubble and pinch twist.
3: You will now have a
bubble, a large loop, and a long, straight piece.
It will look like a typical balloon Indian hat.
4: At the end of the
balloon without the knot, twist a 1 inch bubble.
5: Pinch the middle of
the loop opposite the knotted bubble; with the other hand, twist
your new 1 inch bubble in that spot.
You have now created a second loop that is larger than the
6: Grab and pinch the very front center of the new loop with one
hand, grab and pinch the center of the smaller loop (side closest
to the big loop) with your other hand, pinching the two loops
together. By attaching
the larger loop to the smaller loop in this fashion, you will make
your balloon eye glasses. Straighten
as necessary. The band
across the back is intended to use the balloon as a hat, but
please adhere to the above safety warning and only use as an
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