KNOWING THAT GOD HAS DECIDED WHAT’S RIGHT OR WRONG CAN MAKE OUR CHOICES CLEARER AND EASIER.
Bible Reading of the Day: Read Matthew 6:22-23.
Verse of the Day: “But the way of the wicked is like complete darkness. Those who follow it have no idea what they are stumbling over” (Proverbs 4:19).
Margie and Liz were such close friends that their teacher called them “The Twins.” They were the same height. Their hair was cut in similar styles. They even wore glasses with identical frames. And sometimes they finished each other’s sentences.
As Margie boarded the school bus with Liz, bound for an overnight school field trip to a nature camp, she said, “This is going to be so …”
“Cool!” Liz said. The girls looked at each other and burst out laughing.
At the nature camp with the rest of their class, Liz and Margie scouted out the cabin where they would be sleeping and settled into adjoining cots. The next morning, they started laughing together as soon as their feet hit the floor. By noon, however, both girls complained of bad headaches. They had become crabby, criticizing everything from the food to the weather. And each girl found it hard to concentrate on what she was supposed to be studying.
“This is the third time today I’ve had to clean my glasses,” Liz complained.
“Don’t you hate that?” Margie said. “I usually have to clean my glasses a lot, but. . .”
“You haven’t cleaned them at all today,” Liz said.
Suddenly, the girls looked at each other. Their eyes widened and their mouths dropped open. They took their glasses off and made a fumbling exchange.
The girls started giggling again. They each had put on the other’s glasses that morning and had worn the wrong glasses all day!
“This is so much better,” Liz said.
“I know,” Margie agreed. “I bet that’s why we’ve been having headaches….”
“And feeling so crummy,” Liz added. She moved the food around on her plate. They’d only been at the nature camp one night, and Liz was already longing for good old school food!
“I can’t believe something as dumb as wearing the wrong glasses can mess things up so much,” Liz said.
“Yeah,” Margie said. “It’s like it affected everything.”
“I should have known something was wrong right away, though,” Liz said. “Why?” Margie asked.
“Because our breakfast didn’t look totally disgusting!” Liz answered, laughing.
TO DISCUSS: What did wearing the wrong glasses do to Margie and Liz? How do you think God’s Word makes our choices clearer?
TO PRAY: “Lord, when we don’t know what choice to make, help us remember to submit each choice to you.”