You’re teaching small children, and little Joanne comes in wearing new shoes. If you don’t take notice of them right away, do you know when you’re going to hear about them? In the middle of your Bible story. You’ll get right to the climax, every kid’s eyes will be wide as saucers, and suddenly little Joanne will jump up and exclaim, “Did you see my new shoes?” (Of course, if you were as close to your shoes as little Joanne is to hers, you’d talk more about them too.)

That’s why when she walks in, you say, “Hi, Joanne. Wow, look at those new shoes!” And in your story you somehow find a place to talk about someone getting new shoes–“just like Joanne’s!” She’s right with you all the way.

–Howard Hendricks, Teaching to Change Lives.