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Loreena Thiessen: Try Something New

Do you like to try something new?

Sometimes trying something new is scary. You don’t know if you’ll like it. You don’t know how it will turn out.

Trying something new takes courage. You have to be brave. This means that even if you’re afraid you try it anyway.

A new thing to try can be a small thing. Like crumbling an Oreo cookie into your ice-cream. Or melting a cheese slice on a piece of apple pie. Or eating spinach.

Some new things are big. They are so big they change everything.

For example, in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. This was a new thing after he discovered that sound travels along wire. He created the telephone because he wanted to send the sound of the human voice from here to another place. Today almost everyone carries their own phone and you can talk to anyone wherever they are.

The Wright Brothers wanted to fly. So in 1903 they invented the first airplane. Today you can fly to Disneyland, or the Swiss Alps, or anywhere at all.

Many years ago in the United States there was a law that allowed black people to sit only at the back of a bus. Rosa Parks believed this was not right or fair. She believed all people should be allowed to choose where to sit. She dared to do what was right and stayed at the front of the bus. In 1955 the old law was changed.

In 1969, after years of study and inventions, the first astronauts walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong said it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” And it was. Today we know many new things about space and the world because of the work scientists do at the ISS, the International Space Station.

These new things make life more convenient, more interesting, and fair for everyone.

An example from the Bible who was asked to do something new was Moses. Moses was a shepherd in a far desert. One day God had a new job for him. It was big and it required courage.

Moses argued with God. “I am not brave,” he said. “I cannot do it.”

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But God had a plan. He sent his brother Aaron to help him. Aaron would speak for Moses. God promised that He would be with him too. And Moses managed to do the job. He faced Pharaoh and asked him to let his people go. He was able because of what God did for him. Read Exodus 4:10 to 12; 13:8.

What new thing would you like to try?


Need: notebook, pencil, crayons, or coloured pencils

Do: Choose one new thing you want to try.

– a new food, like turnips, beets or okra.

– a new activity, like learning to play the violin, or a new swimming stroke

– make a new friend.

– start a reading group, or read a new book with a friend.

Keep a record: In a notebook divide your pages into four parts like this:

My choice. Do I like it? Any difficulties? Will I continue? Write up or draw pictures of your experience. Share with family or friends.

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