I love object lessons -learning a principle using common objects.Grampa was my Youth Pastor when I was in high school. One way he like to present messages was by using object lessons. I am sure this is where I came to love this style of teaching. One specific lesson that I remember was the lesson where he used a piece a thread and a piece of cloth. He took one of Gramma's kitchen towels and cut it up into small pieces and also had some thread from the towel. He gave each of us a piece of thread and a piece of cloth. He then had us try to break the thread - it broke easily! Then he had us try to rip apart the piece of cloth. It would not easily break, unravel or come apart. The principle of the lesson was about relationships. God created us in a way that relationships are essential not only with other people - but also with Him. It essential to have God at the center of any relationship.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Relationships are so important, but always remember the most important strand is our relationship with Jesus. He definitely is the strongest strand in our life!