The Parable of the Popcorn, a modern parable based on the parable of the sowers
Opening Hymn: Popcorn Popping
Lesson: Read the following parable to the family. Find examples of each type of popcorn in your bowl.
Behold at the time of harvest, the ears of corn did bring forth kernels which were dried and prepared for the Popper’s hand. And then it was that the Popper did take the kernels, all that did appear alike unto Him, and applied the oil and the heat.
And it came to pass that when the heat was on, some did explode with promise and did magnify themselves an hundred fold. And some did burst forth with whiteness which did both gladden the eye and satisfy the taste of the Popper. And likewise some did pop, but not too much. Behold, there were some that did lie there, and even through the Popper’s heat was alike unto all, some did just bask in the oil and keep everything that they had unto themselves.
And so it came to pass that those which had given of themselves did bring forth much joy and delight to many munchers. But those which kept of the warmth and did not bring forth were only cast into the pail and thought of with hardness and disgust.
And thus we see that in the beginning all appear alike, but when the heat is on, some come forth and give all, while others fail their purpose as chaff, so as to be discarded and forgotten – unknown source
Discuss the popcorn parable. For the very young just explain the analogy, for older kids ask some deeper questions, What does the heat represent? Why are we like the popcorn? What can we do to fulfill our potential?
Explain that we are all Children of Heavenly Father and we all have great potential, but we have to first choose to always strive to do good and choose the right.
If you want to, you can pass out this handout to go along with it. This printable is about 5″ x 7″.
Activity: Watch a movie together about someone who worked hard and did their best. The Princess and the Frog, Rudy, The Little Train that Could all come to mind. If you have any other ideas please share!
Closing Hymn: I Have Work Enough to Do
I hope this lesson plan helps you have a great family home evening! Let me know how it goes, I love to hear from you :)