Hey there, YadaFactor Coaches. Is anybody going on an adventure by rail this summer? I’ve been looking into a Rocky Mountaineer trip, which reminded me of our train tracks lesson in Session 4. 

On this slide, we tell our participants: 

The Christian life is like a train traveling down the tracks. The two parallel rails represent the struggles of life and the abundant life, good and evil happening simultaneously. 

We remind them of John 10:10, that life can be hard, but the abundant life comes too when we rely on God, which is one of the reasons Christ came. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 

One of our coaches has been expanding on this slide in class and having rich conversation as a result. She says that in each of life’s challenges, we have the choice to let them derail us or to cling to the Lord in faith. When we cling to Him, He gives us grace to navigate the situation with His strength, and we stay on the track of abundant living. 

This past semester, she asked her class to share what they see in our slide. One participant noted that we can’t see around the bend, so we must trust God to take us to our final destination. Another noticed that the track is elevated, so it is a long way down and we really want to avoid falling since it is hard to get back up again. Someone else thought that the trees represented God’s presence surrounding her in His safe arms. Another observation was that we don’t want to go backward in our Christian walk – the tracks appear to drop off behind the traveler! 

This is a great example of how you can expand on the script. If time allows, please feel free to engage your class like this. The more interactive we make The YadaFactor Experience, the better it is! 

Ann Hollensen, Course Administrator