It is the normal custom on Sunday mornings at my church, to have an Object Lesson with the children gathered at the front, before they are dismissed to their Sunday School classes.

The lady who normally does this task each week was absent today, and had asked me if I would like to fill in.    I hesitated the first time she asked.....not because I don't like talking in front of people.  (yes, you are unsurprised, I know.)   Rather -- it's following in her amazing footsteps!!!
She truly has a gift for thinking of these lessons week after week after week.
Her ideas are so incredible and she's able to teach the children difficult concepts --- in a simple, but interesting manner.

So.... I was up for the challenge!!
I saw something on Pinterest (of course, All The Things are there), and simply tailored it to reflect a spiritual concept as well.

The Parable of the Pencil

Lessons from a Pencil:

1.  It tells you everything you do will leave a mark. (Everyday is important, everything you DO is important and you have
2.  You can always correct the mistakes you make. (When God speaks to you, confess immediately)
3.  The important thing in life is what you are from inside and not from outside.
4.  In life you will undergo painful sharpening which will make you better in whatever you do.

5.  To be the best you can be, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

 And in case you would like your own handy Pin:

This Sunday was also the day our Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes were due!!
We had a very exciting time in my Sprigs Sunday School class putting our boxes together.
The kids collected enough items over the last month to fill 3 boxes!!!

I was so proud of them.   Not once did anyone ask to have a toy for themselves.   In fact, they were more likely to argue over who got to put what item in the box.   They all wanted to put something in.

We also did 2 boxes of our own in my home.   One for a boy and one for a girl.
Money is tight at Christmas in our home - having only one income - but the kids help save $20 (roughly) for items.
It would surprise you what a trip to the local dollar store can achieve on $25:

Look at all that stuff!
I also had some things like crayons and markers that I added
Packed and Ready to Go!
The representative that came to our church to pick up our boxes told us that 1 shoebox touches 7 lives!    And she had over 6,000 shoe boxes to pick up in our area.

Here's just our church all packed to go.
(there are 24 shoe boxes in most of these boxes)

 You can even pack a box online too.

That's a lot of lives touched by God's love.

Not a bad way to leave your mark on this world.....right?