Wrong Jump

THEME

Justice-Seeking: Quick to listen and slow to speak.

MEMORY VERSE

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

Joshua 22:33

They were glad to hear the report and praised God. And they talked no more about going to war.

NOTES

Jumping to conclusions—this is something we all do. Sometimes we rely on this when we need to size up a situation quickly so we can make an effective presentation for work, or we can avoid a potentially dangerous situation. But other times we jump to conclusions especially about people that may not be true. Maybe we want to avoid getting involved with that person. Maybe we decide whether or not we like a person based on outward appearances. Too often it’s because we don’t know the whole story. The Bible cautions us to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). That’s good advice. Don’t jump to conclusions—this is one way of loving others that Jesus expects from his followers.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What video game were Liz and Morrie playing?
A. Jackhammer Hero

Q. Why was Liz worried about Lucille?
A. She was too busy to talk to him.

Q. What did Liz decide to do to find out what Lucille was doing?
A. He decided he and Morrie would spy on her.

Q. What names did Morrie invent for himself, Liz, Lucille, and Skink?
A. Liz – Papa Bear; Morrie—Night Shadow; Lucille—Pigeon; and Skink—Shark.

Q. What was Lucille doing?
A. Helping Skink learn ballroom dancing.

Q. What did Liz think Lucille was doing?
A. Preparing to marry Skink.

Q. Why?
A. Because he found a note written on a jewelers receipt; Skink and Lucille were meeting secretly; he saw Skink with Lucille and Skink was on one knee; and they were going to an event at the country club, a place where lots of weddings were held.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Part of the reason we jump to conclusions about someone is that we don’t know the whole story. We can rest confidently in God’s love and acceptance of us because he knows our whole story and he sent Jesus to live, die, and rise from the dead so that our story can have a good ending.


SO WHAT?

Have you jumped to a conclusion about a friend lately? Were you right? Were you wrong? Pray now and ask God to help be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19) so that you won’t jump to a wrong conclusion and you can be kind to all.
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