Choose RIGHT!CLF Admin
THINK before you DO !
A traffic light has three lights to help people prevent accidents.
Each colour represent an action:
We can teach ourselves to live according to the actions of a traffi c light. Everytime we have to make a choice, Stop, Think and then Do! Yes, talk to yourself andget into the habit of asking yourself: “Is this the RIGHT choice?”
Before I go with my friends to steal the CD player from the shop, I must STOP (ask myself questions like what am I doing? Is this right or wrong?) THINK about the consequences like what if we are caught, will people trust me again? and then decide what you will DO.
Let’s look at some WRONG and RIGHT choices:
- Taking money from your mothers’ purse.
- Taking/stealing sweets from the cafe.
- Using Grandma’s phone without her knowledge.
- Taking a ‘sip’ of alcohol or beer when no one is looking.
- Skip school to walk around with your friends.
- Slip out through your bedroom window.
- Run for drug lords.
Read: Proverbs 6:20 & Colossians 3:5-10
- Use my own money – not stealing.
- Buy sweets in the cafe or go without sweets
- Phone and sms only from my own phone with my airtime.
- Ask your parents to teach you about alcohol.
- Go to school every day.
- Make arrangements with your parents for going out.
- Stay away from drugs and drug lords.
Read: Colossians 3:12-15 & Proverbs 4:13
Every day you make a lot of choices. Even without thinking about it. Without thinking about it you get up in the morning, you take your schoolbooks and you walk to school. You choose if you want to do your homework or not.
The consequences of your choices may be positive – nice and good for you or, it can be negative and to your detriment. A wrong choice can bring lots of trouble and even punishment.
- If you choose to phone all your friends on your cell phone, you will use all your airtime in one day – the pleasure is shortlived and quickly gone.
- But, if you choose to only send sms messages your airtime will last longer as you use less money.
You can choose to go and steal with your friends and face the consequences or think about right and wrong and stay safe! (Colossians 3:17 & 4:23).
Sometimes children make wrong choices…
Like David: Every day David waited for a girl outside school because he wanted to kiss her. He wanted to show that he can do everything with her – he is a man! He thought that nobody knew of his plans! But the man at the Tavern saw right through his plan. The day David raped the girl, a policeman came for him and he was taken to a place where youth offenders are kept. David was punished because he made the wrong choice. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7)
And Jennifer: Jennifer found out that making the wrong choice, does not pay. She was tipped very well by the woman who often sent her to deliver a matchbox with pills at the vegetable stand on the corner. She suspected that the pills must be very valuable when she looked at the bag with money she had to take back to the woman. What an easy way to earn pocket money! But the price was very high when she was caught and had to sit all alone in the cold police cell for drug trafficking. She rather wanted to be at home with her mother. (Proverbs 4:14-19)
What thoughts let you make the WRONG choice?
- I want everything that is advertised on television.
- Money and belongings will make me happy.
- Some people get everything they want, therefore I will take everything I can get.
- The law is not for me.
- Rules are made to be broken.
- I can do what I want – who cares anyway?
- I suffered for long enough.
- I will show them!
- I will not be told what to do!
What thoughts let you make the RIGHT choice?
- I am happy with everything I’ve got.
- I am happy inside – for I am loved by Somebody.
- You can never have everything you want.
- Rules and laws safeguard me from getting hurt and give direction to my live.
- Laws keep me safe.
- I have a responsibility towards other people.
- I can handle suffering through the grace of God.
- I don’t have to prove myself – I accept myself.
- It is ok to be obedient to other people.
What does your heart look like?
A sinful heart only thinks and does wrong things. – Proverbs 4:23
A clean heart means that I am forgiven by Jesus after I have confessed my sins and mistakes. Proverbs 6:16-19
Making the wrong choice does not pay – it only brings trouble for me, my family and my community.
“Choose life so that you and your children may live…” Deuteronomy 30:19.
CHOOSE RIGHT! THINK before you DO! Ask what would Jesus do? What does your Bible say? Listen to your parents! Beware of bad consequences! Turn away from crime!
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