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Fighting “Flashy” Things

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January 24, 2023 7:00 pm

Fighting “Flashy” Things

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January 24, 2023 7:00 pm

In the sixties-era program The Andy Griffith Show, a man tells Andy he should let his son Opie decide how he wants to live. Andy disagrees: “You can’t let a young’un decide for himself. He’ll grab at the first flashy thing with shiny ribbons on it. Then, when he finds out there’s a hook in it, it’s too late. Wrong ideas come packaged with so much glitter that it’s hard to convince them that other things might be better in the long run.” He concludes that it’s important for parents to model right behavior and help “keep temptation away.”

Andy’s words are related to the wisdom found in Proverbs: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (22:6). These words aren’t a promise but a guide. All of us are called to make our own decision to follow Christ. But we can help lay a biblical foundation through our love for God and Scripture. And we can pray that as little ones under our care mature, they choose to receive Jesus as Savior and walk in His ways and not “in the paths of the wicked” (Proverbs 22:5). 

Our own victory over “flashy things” through the Holy Spirit’s enabling is also powerful testimony.  Christ’s Spirit helps us to withstand temptation and molds our lives into examples worth imitating.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

Our reading, titled Fighting Flashy Things, was written by Alison Keita. In the 1960s-era TV series The Andy Griffith Show, a man tells Andy he should let his son, Opie, decide how he wants to live. Andy disagrees. You can't let a young'un decide for himself. He'll grab at the first flashy thing with shiny ribbons on it. Then, when he finds out there's a hook in it, it's too late. Wrong ideas come packaged with so much glitter that it's hard to convince them that other things might be better in the long run. He concludes that it's important for parents to model right behavior and help keep temptation away. Andy's words are related to the wisdom found in Proverbs. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. Although many may read these words as a promise, they're really a guide.

All of us are called to make our own decision to believe in Jesus. But we can help lay a biblical foundation through our love for God and scripture. And we can pray that as the little ones under our care mature, they choose to receive Christ as Savior and walk in His ways, and not in the paths of the wicked. Our own victory over flashy things through the Holy Spirit's enabling is also powerful testimony. Jesus' Spirit helps us to withstand temptation and molds our lives into examples worth imitating. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Proverbs chapter 22 verses 1 through 6.

Its wages are riches and honor and life. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. Let's pray. Dear Father, help us to instill Your values into the hearts of the children You've placed in our lives. May our children see a genuine love for You in us and realize that following You results in a fulfilling and joy-filled life. Thank You, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Rachelle Traub and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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