I believe you can teach Bible principles with just about any everyday object, including a plain hand mirror. I’m sure there are hundreds of ways to use a mirror in your lesson plan but I have had some success with these two mirror object lessons. Feel free to tweak them to fit your needs. Using these Bible verses and a mirror, you can teach a child a positive message that could help transform some aspect of his spiritual life.
A Spiritual Mirror: First, read this verse with your class: “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirrorand, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” James 1:23
Say, “How many people have looked in the mirror, checking your hair or your teeth and then walked away, forgetting what you looked like? I have! See this mirror? When you look into you see a reflection of your physical body. The Bible is like a mirror but it is a spiritual one. It reflects back to us how we really look to the one who matters most, God. When you read the Bible, it reflects your character from deep inside. Don’t be like the man in the verse who looks at himself for a moment but doesn’t remember what he really looks like. Apply God’s word to your life!”
Half a mirror: Before the class, cover half the mirror with paper. Kids should be able to see a partial image of themselves. For this lesson, start with this verse: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthian 13:12
Invite everyone to look at themselves in the mirror. Instruct them to leave the paper in place. Explain to the children that this partial mirror is like our life with God. We don’t always know what He’s doing or how things will work out but one day we will know the whole plan! We will be able to see completely with nothing to hinder our view. (Take the paper off and allow kids to look again.)
Read more from Mimi by visiting her blog at Tools for Kids Church.