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Double Exposure – Hashing It Over

Father and Son TalkingKey Bible Verses: Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it. Proverbs 22:6

Bonus Reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Hey, sport, heard a couple of guys got kicked off the team for testing positive for drugs. Wasn’t one of them your friend Matt?”

“Yeah. I think the school overreacted. Matt’s a senior, Dad. Probably going to lose his athletic scholarship.”

“He had a lot to lose. Why do you think he risked it?”

“It was that party at Charlie’s house. Someone showed up with a lot of beer and weed. It just got out of hand.”

“The Smiths allowed drinking and marijuana?”

“Duh! Dad. Charlie’s parents were out of town.”

“So, why didn’t Matt just refuse?”

“It’s not easy when everyone else is doing it.”

“How could Matt have avoided what happened?”

“He could’ve left when the booze and blunts showed up.”

“What other choices did Matt have?”

“Well, not go to the party.”

“Was that the only alternative?”

“Have the party where the parents were home?”

“Or … ?”

“I know what you’re driving at, Dad. I invited Matt to shoot some pool over here and he turned me down. So he had some choices.”

“Right. And choices have consequences.”

—Ricky Byrdsong in Coaching Your Kids in the Game of Life

My Response:  What could I use as a teaching tool?

Thought to Apply: The gift of learning to make good choices is the most valuable and long-lasting gift a parent can give a child.—Pat Holt & Grace Ketterman

Adapted from Coaching Your Kids in the Game of Life (Bethany, 2000)

Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to stay connected with the children you’ve entrusted to me, and to steer them away from the dangers they’ll encounter.

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