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Today's Featured Article

Hindsight Is 20-20 - Balloon Object Lesson
                  by Alisa J. Linn
                   

Needed:  1 - 260Q Balloon

Lesson

I’m going to do a ballooning for you today.  How many of you wear eye glasses?  Eye glasses help us see better.  If you’ve had your eyes tested before, you probably know that, by using the glasses to correct your vision, the doctor is trying to bring your vision up to a level of 20-20.

(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 20-20.”  “20-20”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.  

[Memorial Day 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 Spirit.”  God’s 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 listening.  These 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 their eyes.)  

Balloon Twist Instructions  

Picture 1:  Fully inflate a 260Q balloon, burp it, and tie a knot in the nipple end.  Then make a 1 inch twist.  

 

 

Picture 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.   

 

 

Picture 3:  You will now have a bubble, a large loop, and a long, straight piece.  It will look like a typical balloon Indian hat.  

 

 

Picture 4:  At the end of the balloon without the knot, twist a 1 inch bubble.   

 

 

Picture 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 first one.   

 

 

Picture 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 illustration.

 

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