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Impossible to Separate

Posted on: 7-15-112012

One of my favorite lessons I taught to my fourth grade class was on mixtures and solutions.  In order to help them understand the difference between a mixture and a solution, we did an experiment that they really liked.  In order to portray a mixture, I set out various items such as Chex cereal, marshmallows, raisins, M&Ms, and pretzels on a table.  They were allowed to fill their bowl with a combination of these ingredients.  In order to portray the solution, they received a bottle of water and a single serving pack of Kool-Aid.  They added the Kool-Aid powder to the water and then shook it up to their heart’s content.  When they had both of these tasks completed, we talked about the definition of a mixture which is basically something that can be put together and taken apart.  I had them demonstrate the definition by taking the items in their bowl and separating them back into like piles.  They learned that no matter how mixed up the ingredients were in their bowl, they could still be easily separated.  Then, to teach them what a solution is, I told them to separate the Kool-Aid powder and water.  When they realized that what I was asking them was almost impossible, they understood that a solution was something that was put together and then could not be easily taken back apart.  It was such a fun lesson and the students never forgot what a mixture and a solution were.  When I was thinking about this lesson today, I thought about the fact that we, as Christians, should be solutions and not mixtures.  What I mean by that is that we should live out of faith in such a way that, no matter what we’re doing, who we’re with, or where we are, we are reflecting our Savior.  We should not live in such a way that we can easily separate our lives into areas that are “areas when I live for Christ” and “areas when I do not live for Christ.”  We’ve probably all heard the term “Sunday morning Christians”…these are the people who come to church on Sunday morning with a heart for Christ, but leave that heart for Him at the church after the service.  They live for themselves for the rest of the week and feel like they’ve done their “Christian” duty by coming to church on Sunday.  This is not how God intended for us to live.  He intended for us to live for Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We should be so infused with Christ that it would be practically impossible to separate us from Him.  Jesus said:

“I and My Father are one.” John 10:30

We should strive to live in such a way that when people look at us, they no longer see us…they only see Him.

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