PUSHUPS FOR DOUGHNUTS
It’s been a dozen years since I first taught this lesson to a youth group. It’s been a couple thousand years since it was originally presented to mankind. Here is how it unfolds…
I begin by asking a student if they would like a doughnut. They usually accept. That’s when I ask one of their peers (who has agreed beforehand) if they were willing to do 10 pushups so that the student can have a doughnut. He easily completes the task. The doughnut is woofed down and it’s all fun. Around 30 to 50 pushups into the lesson, as it gets harder and harder to complete, the scene shifts. When I ask if a person if they want a doughnut, they want to spare the agony of the pushups, so they’ll respond, “No thanks.” That’s when I ask the pushup guy, “Will you do 10 pushups so (student) can have a doughnut that they don’t even want?”
The illustration is obvious. As I share some of the moments that happened this time, I’ll just let you consider the illustration even further.
“Can I help him?” “Then, can I do the pushups for him?”
“Why does he have to do the pushups if I said I didn’t want the doughnut?” “This isn’t fair.”
“Please don’t make him do pushups for me.” “I don’t want to answer because I know what you’re gonna ask him to do.”
“Is she really worth it?…yes, she’s my friend.”
“You do realize that if you don’t complete all 10, he won’t get his doughnut.”
“Wait, that wasn’t a complete pushup so it doesn’t count.” “Let me do it again.”
A whole new perspective developed from the giver and the receivers. 280+ pushups later, the price was paid for everyone. It was only a doughnut but what was given for it in return made it way more significant. Hmmm, the bread of Life given for our life. Thank you Jesus!