A teenage boy sees a small spot of light through his telescope when looking at the night sky.  It’s not one of the known stars.  What is it?  His teacher investigates.  It’s a comet, and it’s on a collision-course with earth!  Oh no!

         If you want to know what happens with the comet and earth, you need to go see the movie, “Deep Impact.”  I liked “Deep Impact” because there were no bad guys in the movie - mostly ordinary people who became heroes in a life and death situation.  The movie inspired me to make sacrifices for other people.  I like to be inspired when I go to a movie.

         Movies are a form of recreation or entertainment.  Do you enjoy movies, or do you like other forms of recreation?  Give examples of recreation that you enjoy, such as listening to music, playing sports, reading books, painting, surfing the internet, writing letters or gardening.

         What kinds of recreation do you actually do every day or every week?  What kinds of recreation do you enjoy but don’t actually do very often?  How do you decide what to do on a regular basis? 

         Do you enjoy traveling or visiting museums or exhibits for recreation?  There is a Folk Life Festival in Seattle where you can hear music, see art and eat interesting food.  Do crowds bother you?  Do you prefer to be far away from crowds?  Do you like to be with someone else or alone when you are recreating/resting?

         You may be thinking, “I have no time for recreation.”  Do you think you would work better if you had some recreation in your life?  How can you rearrange your priorities so that you have some “play” every week?  What are the obstacles?  How can you remove them?

         Have you ever had a vacation that was very tiring, and then you went back to work so you could rest from your vacation?  Give an example.  Is a stressful vacation useful – yes or no?  Explain.






One of the ten commandments that God first gave to Moses is this:

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11

Why is rest important in life?  Do you think “play” is important?  Why or why not?