Bad habits are hard to break

Object Lesson

Take a spool of thread and wrap the thread once or twice around the volunteer’s fingers or wrists. Have them break the thread. This represents bad habits. When we first begin a bad habit like smoking, or even something as simple as watching an inappropriate t.v. show or using foul language, it is easy to break. Now wrap the thread around many many times and see if the volunteer can break the thread. If we let bad habits go on and on, we lose the power to easily return to something better. It requires more will power and may require help from someone else. Don’t give up your freedom and power by remaining in your bad habits. The Family Home Evening manual uses this lesson to demonstrate the web we create when we tell lies. Honesty, FHE Manual, p 194. Source:, some additions made by Jenny Smith