Purpose: This series of talks will help students navigate the realities of trying to live a life based on a sense of entitlement.

Note: The idea behind the construction theme was to sell a key phrase… “hauled away.” You can also do walk on skits with construction workers.

Week 1: You Can’t Have Your Cake & Eat It To

Problem: Students live in a world that teaches them to compartmentalize their faith and values based on where they are and who they are with.

Point: Sooner or later everything will catch up to you. Trying to be one thing with someone and a completely opposite thing with someone else will only end up hurting you as a person and the ones you want to please.

Passage: Matthew 6:24

Week 2: You Can’t Have It Your Way All the Time

Problem: The message students constantly see is that success and happiness come when you can position yourself in a way to get you what you want regardless of the cost.

Point: If all you ever think about is yourself and what you want more than helping others around you, you will soon be alone with everything you have.

Passage: Phil. 2:4, I Cor 13:5, Mark 8:36

Week 3: You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Problem: Students are constantly presented with the mentality that you can do whatever you want and not have to pay the consequences for your choices.

Point: Living an impulsive life filled without thinking through your decisions can bring you pain and bondage. Freedom comes from considering both side of every choice and what the wise thing is to do.

Passage: Galatians 6:7

Teaching Slide

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2 Responses to “STUFF YOU CAN’T HAVE”

  1. Debi Farnen October 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    This is such a great lesson. I work with youth in both a Christian youth group as well as a secular group as a Young Adult Librarian. This is a big issue – entitlement. I see so many kids disillusioned with the idea that the world owes them everything. It’s hit me personally through the loss of my brother’s suicide as well. He was always under the assumption that he was due some sort of favor. PLEASE DON’T MISUNDERSTAND, suicide is a big issue and I know that there is much more to it but I have seen first hand how dangerous this false sense of reality can be. I feel very strongly that it is the gateway to many, many other lies that can lead to ruin. Thanks so much for sharing your talk and giving me the “push” I needed to incorporate it in my programs! You guys rock.


  2. chadswanzy October 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm #


    Thank you so much for sharing. Sometimes topics are hardest when they are personal. This one is hard for all of us. I’m excited to hear what you say and even more excited to hear it helps.

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