Community-Building. Choosing Friends
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
At the end of the episode, the narrator says, "If your friends get you in trouble they probably aren’t really your friends." How do people decide if someone is in "the wrong crowd" or not? When we get to know a person, we can see who they are by what they say and what they do. We can see if the person says things and does things that show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the fruits of the spirit. We can watch how they talk about other people when those people are not there. We can see if they show respect to their teachers and parents even when those people are around. So now think about yourself. When you make decisions, do you choose to honor God or to do things for yourself? Choose God first. Follow His path, and choose friends who also will choose God first. If you choose God and the people around you don't want to follow God's path, then you need to decide if that person is really your friend. That's easy to see but hard to do.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. From what city did Gerald come?
Q. What is the name of the group of mean boys at the school?
A. The Iguanas
Q. About what club does Gerald ask Liz?
A. The knights, a chess club
Q. What do Wally and Skink want Gerald to do?
A. They want him to egg Grandpa Anole's house.
Q. What do Wally and Skink have to get Gerald in trouble?
A. An airhorn
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching." What does this sentence mean? What does it have to do with choosing friends?
Character is what you always are. You know if people have integrity if they make the same choices if people are watching or not. We aren't perfect. We don't always make the same choices because sometimes we sin, but we can work hard to choose God and walk in his ways.