Etch-A-Sketch Message

Posted: June 20, 2009 in Theology
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Message to the Class of 2016 on their graduation from 5th grade
Greg Brandenburg

Congratulations! You are now smarter than a fifth grader.Eph.2:8-10  For it is by
grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God–  9  not by works, so that no one can boast.
10  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

You are God’s workmanship – his poem, a work of art

I brought some technology – Etch a sketch – text messaging when I was a kid (talk about the etch a sketch)

Things the etch a sketch taught me about life

1. The longer you play with it the more complicated it gets

Started school in 2003
Things that have happened since then…
Space Shuttle Columbia
War in Iraq
Bush elected to second term
Giant Tsunami
Ronald Reagan dies
Hurricane Katrina
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retires, Chief Justice William Rehnquist dies
The pope dies
Bad spinach
Martha Stewart
The Crocodile Hunter
Illegal Immigration
Ruth Graham dies
Jerry Falwell dies
Troop surge
Oil prices
Barry Bonds
Michael Vick
Michael Phelps
Global warming
Green politics
Defining marriage
Mortgage crisis
Hurricane Ike
Barack Obama

The pace of world change will continue to accelerate

By the time you graduate from high school in 2016:
China will be the largest English speaking nation
The dollar may be replaced as currency of world exchange
Printed textbooks may be a thing of the past
Holographic television
Computer screens you can roll up and put in your backpack
Domestic robots will clean your house

Your teachers have the task of training you for jobs that don’t exist
yet where you’ll be using technology that has been invented yet.

Aren’t you glad that God has a plan. We were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.

2. The older the etch a sketch the more permanent the picture

Life is like an etch-a-sketch, we start with a blank screen, when we’re
young it’s fairly easy to erase the lines of our experiences; decisions
we’ve made and actions we’ve taken but as we get older the sketches
become more permanent.

Thoughts turn into Beliefs
Decisions turn into actions
Actions turn into habits
Character is formed as the picture of our life appears.

Erasmus said it this way:
We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; we sow our actions,
and we reap our habits; we sow our habits, and we reap our
characters; we sow our characters, and we reap our destiny.

now entering an exciting phase of life. A time when the picture that
God is making of your life becomes permanently engrained.

Ask your parents about memories they have from elementary – they’ll have a
few. Ask them about Jr. High and I’m sure they could talk all day.

Friends you make – friends you don’t make
Things  you watch – things you don’t watch
Things you listen to – things you don’t listen to
What you do with your spare time – what you don’t do with your spare time
How you choose to relate to your teachers
How you choose to relate to your parents
Participation with your church
The effort  you give in school, sports, activities
The words of a friend, the words of a foe

Decide now whether you want God to take the controls of your life and allow Him to create His masterpiece.

3. Sometimes the best thing to do is shake it off and start over

there is no undo button in life but there is a renew

2 Cor. 5:17 – if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.


We are Christ’s workmanship – his poem Eph.2:8-10

He who began a good work in you… Phil.1:6

Does not change like shifting shadows – James 1:17

Mt. 7:24 = wise man built his house upon the rock


Ps.71:14  But as for me, I will always have hope;  I will praise you more and more.  15  My mouth will tell of your righteousness,  of your salvation all day long,  though I know not its measure.  16  I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;  I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.  17  Since my  youth , O God, you have taught me,  and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.  18  Even when I am old and gray,  do not forsake me, O God,  till I declare your power to the next generation,  your might to all who are to come.  19  Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,  you who have done great things.  Who, O God, is like you?


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