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In I Cor. 9:24-27, Paul compares the Christian life to a race. Any runner will tell you that the most important piece of equipment for the runner is his shoes. Shoes are very personal things. You can’t run the race in someone else’s shoes. In the same way, in the body of Christ we each must run the race. Everyone needs his own set of running shoes. And while we all need shoes, our shoes will be different as we run the race ahead.

What to do

  1. Sit the youth in a circle and ask them to remove their shoes, and place them in the middle of the circle.
  2. Divide the group of youth into two or more teams and give each team a piece of paper with the following the following 2 tasks on them.
    • List as many features as possible that the shoes in the middle of the circle have in common.
    • List as many features as possible make each pair of shoes unique.
  3. Have the teams of youth read out their lists.
  4. Next, have everyone close their eyes and grab two shoes from the pile in the center of the circle.
  5. Once everyone has a pair of shoes, they must put them on if possible. If their foot will not fit, just put their toes in the shoes.
  6. Then, wearing the shoes, ask them to run a relay race to the other side of the room and touch the wall and come back.


  • What was it like wearing someone else’s shoes? Do you think they helped you or hindered you in your race?
  • What are some of the things that we have in common as part of the body of Christ?
  • What are some of the things that make us unique?
  • When it comes to running the race of life, what lessons can we learn from this activity?

Bible Scripture References
1 Corinthians 12; I Cor. 9:24-27

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