The Accidental Skateboardist


Image-Reflecting: Tell the truth about you.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 11:3

Good people are guided by their honesty.


Oh, it can be tempting to let others think that you can do something that you really cannot, especially when that something will cause you to be noticed. Liz accidentally gets credit for skateboarding prowess that he really doesn’t possess, but rather than tell the truth he decide to go along with this misunderstanding, hoping that he can pull it off without being discovered. But this puts him under a lot of pressure.

On the other hand, honesty frees you to be who you are. You no longer have to pretend. You no longer have to worry about being found out. You are free to make choices that are consistent with who you are rather than with the lies you are telling. Sometimes we don’t even know who we are, or what lies we are listening to. Talking with God can help clear that up. We especially want to be who we are in Christ. We want to be free to live a life that shows we follow Jesus. Which do you choose—freedom or lies?


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What subculture is the topic of Liz’s social studies report?
A. Skateboarding

Q. What happens while he is at the skateboarding exhibition?
A. Liz ends up impressing the judge with his skateboarding tricks and he is recruited to do a skateboarding commercial.

Q. What is Liz’s problem with this proposal?
A. He doesn’t know how to skateboard. The tricks he displayed were not intentional. They were an accident because Skink pushed him.

Q. What does Liz do?
A. He decides to pretend he knows what he is doing, hoping he can learn what he needs to before the commercial is recorded.


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 is honesty so important to God?


When we tell lies, or live a lie, we are not acting like followers of Jesus (Colossians 3:9, 10). Instead we identify with Satan, whom Jesus calls the “father of lies”( John 8:44). One lie leads to another until the lies and the preservation of the untruth that the lies tell become the guidelines for our behavior. We will do whatever we need to do to preserve the lie. But honesty guides God’s people helping them make good choices and live a life of integrity. A person who lives honestly is a person who can be trusted. God does not lie (Titus 1:2) and neither should we (Colossians 3:9).


Is there something that you are lying about? Talk with your parents and ask their help in living a truthful life.
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