Rock, Paper… WHAT? Oh, That American Culture!

Rock, Paper… WHAT? Oh, That American Culture!

Have you ever played rock, paper, scissors? If you were born in America, you know what I am talking about. If you spent your childhood in another country like me, you may have watched the children play it and then concluded, “ Nah, I’ve learned enough games already. But I hope they have fun, and leave me out of it.”


Who needs to be teachable

Who said that we should be teachable, no matter how old we are? King Solomon said:

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9

Anyone with a deeper understanding of life as a process will agree that we are always learning somehow, sometimes more intentionally than other times. As we age and advance in experience and in number of years, we feel entitled to determine whether we want to be taught anything, and often we miss great opportunities that God is giving us to become a better person.


Unfit for the task

Exercising is not my favorite thing, I admit. Just the thought that I had recently joined a fitness class that begins at 5:30 in the morning when I should still be in bed sleeping is enough to put me in a bad mood. No, I am not a morning person. Leaving the house that early to do what I ought to do but don’t love doing is against my principles. I mean, my sleeping principles!

On the day of my second class, just my second one, I was caught by surprise when I was paired with another girl to play rock, paper, scissors, then do some “crazy jump” – you see, I don’t even know the names of the exercises! I had seen my children playing that before,I mean the rock, paper, scissors, but I had never, EVER assumed I would need it one day. I thought to myself, pretty please, no! I am a foreigner and in my country we never played this game.

The fear grew bigger when I realized that the other girl, a sweet, patient young lady, was trying her best to teach me although I had no disposition at all to learn it! It was early morning! I didn’t need those rocks and papers for WHATEVER at that time in the morning!

She tried hard in the middle of loud motivational music and lots of jumps and… laughter, from my side, at least. I thought it was hilarious! Thankfully it did not end up in America’s Funniest Home Videos.


A lesson to be learned

Despite being so early, (for me, at least!) I was reminded that I should be ready to be teachable anytime. Life is full of surprises. Rocks, papers and scissors will come our way when we least expect them. We need to know how to defeat them. We need to have the right tools to face them with the confidence that we will be ok at the end. God will equip us for every uncertainty if we let Him, if we ask Him to do so. In addition to keeping calm, looking at the circumstances with a big laugh is the best we can do at times. Laugh at what you don’t know. Laugh at your mistakes and use those moments to build steps for improvement, self-control and discipline.


Monday is back

I went back to class today and no rock, paper, scissors were waiting for me. But I had prepared myself. Next time I will master it. I will not allow myself to flounder about helplessly on what I don’t know. I’ll search for answers. I’ll go as deep as I need to if that will build me up and accomplish God’s purpose in my life. Finally, I will be grateful for the challenges each new day brings because it is an opportunity to be molded by Him. You can find more about challenges here.

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand.  Isaiah 64:8



Hello! I am Jeane Carmichael and I am the author of The Stand Out Project. I am passionate about my family and being a servant of God. My desire is to see every person having a deep relationship with God, and living an exciting selfless life that will inspire others to do the same. That's why we have started a mentoring program for high school girls to embolden them to godly living while providing them with skills and opportunities to make a difference in their generation. You might "see" an accent in my writing and that is because I am originally from Brazil. What does that mean? You may get some cultural information once in a while that will broaden how you perceive the world. Nothing to lose here! I hope you enjoy your reading and leave me a comment if you desire so.

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