Minding our own business

Posted 9/17/21

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

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Minding our own business


EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”

The point of it all

If we could mind our own business, we would have a lot more time to do God’s work. And our own!


Bob the Puppet, bought or made. To make, buy a stuffed animal, pull out some stuffing, and pin a sock inside the bottom.

To do’s
  • Practice with Bob.
  • Go to the library or online and look for a video of the Muppets. Practice the wild movements with Bob.
  • Remember to have Bob on your hand entering and leaving the stage.
Verses to pray on

Matthew 12:37 – “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 16:28 – “A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”

Ready, Set, Go!

Look who I’ve brought! Knock Knock Bob. Glad you could visit, Bob! Say hello to the kids.

Bob: Hellooo to the kids, Bob. Yuck yuck yuck!

You: Bob, you are so silly! Just say hello! You’re acting like a dummy!

Bob: Dummy! Look who’s calling who a dummy!

You: Bob! You are not showing the proper respect. You are so rude! You must be exhausted. That’s no excuse, but I know you’ve been awfully busy lately.

Bob: Yes, I am exhausted. Just like my bike.

You: Your bike? (Look confused. Look at kids and back at Bob.)

Bob: Yeah. It’s too tired. Get it? Two tired! Yuck, yuck, yuck.

You: (Shake your head at the kids and smirk.) Alright, seriously now, why are you so tired? And no bicycle jokes, please. (Roll your eyes at the kids. It will bring kinship between you and the kids, and allow all to laugh at the silliness.)

Bob: Well, everybody needs my help. When my friends have troubles, I gotta tell them what to do. Settle their arguments. Then I gotta call my other friends so they can pray. By the time we’re done gossiping, (cough cough) errrrr, prayed about it all, I’m completely exhausted. We say great prayers: “Lord, help Patty not be so mean. Lord, help Danny not to be such a lazy loser.” It’s all so much work I don’t even have time for my new sales job.

You: A new sales job — now that sounds positive.

Bob: Yeah, it would be. But so far too busy to do much work. And I only got two orders all week.

You: Two isn’t bad; what were they?

Bob: Yeah. “Get out!” And “Stay out!” Yuk, yuk, yuk!

You: You’re a mess, Bob. You might get better orders if you begin to mind your own business. Why don’t you try praying about that? And how about if you just encouraged your friends instead of sharing their business and telling them what to do? Would that make your life any easier?

Bob: What? Who are you to tell me what to do? I’ve even had to pray for you, you know.

You: (Stuff Bob.) Goodbye Bob! (Roll your eyes at the kids.) Sometimes the only way to stop bad talk is not listening to it. Let’s pray and go boys and girls.

Let’s pray. Help us to mind our own business. When we’re tempted to gossip, please close our mouth and remind us to open our ears. Amen.

Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book.


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