Image-Reflecting: Known by their actions.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Is it more important to do right? Or to get what we think we want or need? That’s the question Lucille faces in this episode-do right? Or win the election? Lucille chooses to do right, in spite of advice from Spike and the tactics of her opponent. She wants her actions to back up her words. Integrity is when words and actions compliment, rather than contradict, each other. When our children learn to be persons of integrity when they are young, they are building a strong foundation in their character for choices they will make in their lives. Think of it, as they grow children must decide if it’s better to face up to the consequences of undone homework, or to copy someone else’s work. They must decide if it’s better to be popular, or to be kind to a classmate who has no friends. When they become adults they must decide whether to falsify a resume, or to be honest about their education and work experience; whether to take office supplies home from their workplace or buy what they need; whether to put in the best work they can, or just enough to look busy. Yes, even a child is known by his or her actions and right actions when they are children will give them the strength to be persons of integrity when they are adults.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who was Lucille helping with his campaign for Reptarian Middle School student body president?
A. Ryan Ridgerunner.
Q. Who was Ryan running against?
Q. When Ryan drops out of the race, who takes his place running against Cindy?
Q. What did Cindy call Lucille?
A. “Loose wheel.”
Q. What kind of campaign did Lucille want?
A. One that talked about school issues, not name calling.
Q. Who encouraged Lucille to say bad things about Cindy?
Q. What happened when Spike made accusations against Cindy?
A. What he said wasn’t true and he made Lucille look bad.
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.
Why do you think that integrity is important to God?
Jesus’ harshest criticisms in his ministry were directed at those he called “hypocrites.” He had no use for them. Their actions did not support their words. Unfortunately the people he criticized the most for hypocrisy were the religious leaders who claimed to follow God but instead gave God a bad name with their selfishness and their pride. (Read Matthew 23 for Jesus’ condemnation of hypocrites.)
On the other hand God is the epitome of integrity. God tells us that he is faithful, that he loves us, and that he is trustworthy. And we don’t have to worry that God is just saying the words. He backs the words up with actions—even to the point of giving up his son to death so that we can live. (See Numbers 23:19, Matthew 22:16, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 145:13.)