Suggestion: Use a second person to talk or create a distraction, at the beginning of the lesson, while the lesson leader is greeting the children.
Have you ever been in a room when a radio or television is turned so loud you can hardly think? Sometimes a car will go by playing very loud music and it feels as if the noise thumps in your head. This is called a distraction. (Comment on the distraction created in your situation by the second person talking at the beginning of the lesson.)
We can also be distracted by bright lights, certain colors, a bad odor, cells phones, or a lot of people trying to talk all at once.
Have you ever tried to talk to someone, maybe ask a question, and you realize the other person is not listening to you? You get the idea that the other person is thinking about something else – that person is distracted.
There is a story in the Bible about two sisters, Mary and Martha who were friends of Jesus. Jesus came to visit them. Martha was busy doing things and Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to him. Martha complained that Mary was not helping her with all the things she had to do. Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,” (10:41) “but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part…” (10:42).
We may feel like we have many things to do, but we must remember that when our friends or family members want to talk to us it is best to stop what we are doing and give them our full attention. In this way we honor those who are reaching out to us. We let them know we really care what they have to say.
Mary chose to become very quiet and listen to Jesus. She really wanted to hear what he had to say. That is what we do when we pray and worship God. Becoming very quiet and listening is a way of honoring God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan