Found: Discovering the Hero Inside
Many people consider the TV show LOST to be a triumph of explaining a process of redemption and
renewal. In watching the show, we’ve also come to see that it is a description of how individuals may, if
they choose (and even in those cases when they choose not to) overcome their foibles and emotional
baggage to realize their purpose in the world. Some become heroes. Some make peace with their past.
Others find that they have strength they did not even consider. This program is designed to recreate
that process while it mirrors the life of one of the greatest hero/anti heroes of the bible: David.
Phase one: You have always been chosen for something.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
God asked Samuel to pass over all of the Jesse’s sons, even the smart, the good looking, and the strong.
Jesse wouldn’t even admit that he had an Eighth son, until Samuel asked for specifically. Describe how
you would feel if you were David? What does it feel like when you don’t live up to your parent’s
expectations or they don’t live up to yours? Do you think god has chosen you? Why? For what?
Activity: Talk to parents beforehand. Ask them to describe a time when their child acted like a hero or
did something that was truly honorable from any point in their lives. Have the whole group act out the
stories, but don’t use names, or change them. Have the group guess which story belongs to which child.
Afterwards: How did it feel to realize your story was the hero we were talking about? Do you remember
the story as it happened? What was different between this version and yours?
Additional time if needed: partner students together. Each person tells a story from their life about a
time when they did something they wish they could go back and undo. Work together to find some
actions to take to reconcile that memory, or bring an adult mentor in to offer support and healing.
Phase two: Five Smooth Stones
1 Samuel 17:28-40
We all need tools. Some of us are gifted athletes, others are great thinkers, still others artists and
musicians. In this passage we see a very young David getting ready for the fight of his life. But he must
overcome some shortcomings and prejudices first. His first strike comes from his won family, who claim
he is only present because he wants to showboat and watch the big fight. David rebukes his older
brother and continues on his mission regardless. His second strike comes because of his age. Saul, the
king, says he is too young to fight Goliath. But David again stands up to and elder and reminds Saul that
he has killed lions and bears with his bare hands. His third strike comes when he is offered a soldier’s
armor. He is too small and not yet strong enough to wear properly. So he goes without.
These three strike are metaphors for the three biggest challenges we face to becoming heroes:
1. Those closest to us and those who know us will doubt the normal old “you” can be heroic. But
heroes are people who choose to learn and grow farther than anyone could imagine.
2. Those in positions of power will judge us by the traditional standards and find us lacking. But
heroes are known for resetting the rules.
3. Our plans for who we want to be will not work out. We expect to walk into battle with armor
and swords and preparation and training, but often that just doesn’t happen that way. We end
up going into battle in shepherd’s clothes, because God chooses us, not the other way around.
But what we must do, is take time to choose our own weapons. If you could choose five characteristics
or skills (five smooth stones) to help you be more heroic, what would they be? Compassion? Public
speaking? Wealth? A sidekick or partner?
Activity: Blindfold all but one person in the group. (or split into groups of about ten) Have the group
stand in a straight line. Each person hold onto a single piece of rope that is long enough to include
everyone. Explain what it’s like to be challenged: you can’t see, you can’t speak, but you must still
overcome the challenge the leader gives you.
Round 1: Tell the group they may only do what the non blindfolded person tells them. Choose a person
well suited who needs to be challenged by a leadership position. They must listen to them and form a
Round 2: Tie the rope so it makes a circle. IN this round, anyone may talk, and they must form a five
Round 3: Remove blindfolds. But no one may talk. Form a cross.
What similarities to David’s story today did you witness in the activity? What did you learn in the activity
that can help you to accept your role as given by god, whatever that is? How did it feel to have
limitations put on you by other people, and how does that happen in “real life?”
Afterwards: Partner up the group again, make sure to change partners this time. Discuss what your five
smooth stones would represent in your life. What do you need to change or strengthen?
Phase4: Overcoming your greatest weaknesses