Forest for the Trees Themed Message Transition Video

Forest for the Trees Themed Message Transition Video

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This three-and-a-half-minute video addresses the topic of focusing too much on our mistakes rather than pursuing the future God has in store for us. It can be used to start a series, support a point in a message, close out a series, or in small groups to begin conversations. Features Proverbs 3:5-6.


This three-and-a-half-minute video shows the story of two people hiking in the woods when one person trips. This person then focuses so much on not getting hurt again that he doesn't hike anymore. He becomes stuck in a self-preservation mode which isn't why he was hiking in the first place. 

His first fall is like sinning for the first time. He then focuses all his energy to not sin in the same way again but ends up committing a different sin, and so on and so on. 

The video shows how a life of sin avoidance isn't really living and it stops people from enjoying what's going on around them.  

The video ends with the more experienced hiker returning and explaining that he might trip sometimes (sin) but the more he goes forward on the hike (following Christ with our thoughts and actions), the more experience people get avoiding those things (sin), and they won't get tripped up as much. 

We learn from mistakes, and when we walk forward it's easier to see trouble coming. But when we keep looking back on everything we've done wrong, we live a life of guilt, shame, and frustration which reveals how it's not the life God has intended for us to live. 

This video would pair well with a message about discipleship, learning from our mistakes, fixing our eyes on Jesus, focusing on the future God has for us instead of just avoiding sin.

Features Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

This Resource Includes: 

  • 3:33 video (mp4 file)

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Luke St. Hilare