Image-Reflecting: Responsibility with no shortcuts.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Each one will carry his own load.
There is an old saying – “His eyes were too big for his stomach.” This means that someone has taken more food than he can eat. Well, this can be applied to other things as well. Sometimes we take on a job that is too big for us. Or, like Liz, we take on a responsibility that is more than we can handle. Liz wants a dog in the worst way. And he doesn’t want a little dog, he wants a BIG dog. When his mom gives in and lets him get the BIG dog he has his heart set on, Liz finds out pretty quickly that BIG dogs are a BIG responsibility. He ends up working at Daddy Oh’s so he can pay for the dog’s food. But he finds that even with the job he is still running short of money. So Liz decides to try winning more money in a card game. That doesn’t work out either. And Liz ends up without a job, without any money, and in trouble with his parents.
Well, Liz’s plight isn’t that unusual is it? Sometimes, when we are in a bind, the lure of fast, easy money is pretty hard to resist. But as our verse says, we are to carry our own load and not look to avoid our responsibilities. This doesn’t mean we can’t ask for help—asking for help is one way we can use to responsibly carry our own loads. But it does mean that we have to take our responsibilities seriously and not look for the easy way out. Gambling, always presented as an easy way, is really a way to avoid responsibility and sabotage the very outcome we are hoping for.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What does Liz want in the worst way?
A. A dog, a big dog.
Q. What does he name the dog?
A. Chuck T. Dawg.
Q. Who helps Liz in the poker game?
Q. How did she learn to play poker?
A. She played it with her grandfather.
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.
The Bible doesn’t say anything specifically condemning gambling. So what’s so bad about it?
There is no Bible verse that specifically says we should not gamble. But the Bible has a lot to say about what our attitude should be toward money. And that’s what gambling is all about, isn’t it? Getting money without working for it. There are many verses you can look at to see a biblical perspective on money ( eg. 1 Timothy 6: 9-10; Hebrews 13: 15; 1 Corinthians 6: 12; Matthew 6:24). Two questions that are helpful for evaluating any activity are: Is this activity beneficial for me or will it become my master? Will participation in this activity be constructive or destructive to my Christian life and witness? Our purpose in life is to bring honor and glory to God. When we look to gambling to give us the things that we need or want, we are leaving God out of the equation.