Value of This Activity:
Helps us seek our own unspoken wisdom — and provides good exercise for our own critical thinking (by adding afterthoughts)
Bible. Pen and Paper.
To Begin . . .
Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.
How to Play . . .
- Read Proverbs 19.
- Select one of the proverbs (one verse) in that chapter and write your own “wisdom statement” in the same style as the proverb in the text. Follow the basic pattern of the text, but you don’t need to write a proverb on that same subject.
- Select two more of the proverbs in the chapter and, again, write your own wisdom statement, mimicking the pattern and rhythm of the proverb in the text. (You can continue this throughout the week … until you’ve written 17 of your own proverbs! Give it a try.)
- Now, take the proverbs one step further. You can try this on your own “wisdom statements,” your own proverbs. But you can also try this on proverbs straight from the text.
- Write out the proverb, but follow it with a comma or a dash rather than with a period.
- Follow-up the proverb with an afterthought —an extension of that proverb that qualifies it in some way. Here are some connecting words that might trigger an afterthought:
- since …
- although …
- because …
- even if …
- unless …
- and also …
Try to find a humorous extension of the proverb. See how many you can do!
In Closing . . .
Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.
Playdate Reference Material:
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