A mom had brought her teenage son for me to “fix.” Seems he hated school and refused to do his homework. He and I talked for a bit. Well, not really talked. I spoke while he gave me the usual “wish one of us were dead” teenage stare over defiantly crossed arms.
Eventually I asked him to tell me about something he really, really wanted. He immediately perked up and thoroughly described a dream car he was going to have someday. I told him that sounded awesome – but wouldn’t it be expensive? I asked him how much he wanted this car. He said, “I would do anything to get that car!” I replied, “Anything?” He emphatically stated, “Yes, anything.”
Having laid the trap, I walked him through the realities:
• To get that car he needed lots of money.
• To obtain lots of money he needed a well-paying job.
• To get a well-paying job would require a high school diploma.
• To receive a high school diploma he needed to pass his classes.
• To pass his classes he needed to do his homework.
• So if he really was willing to “do anything” to get that car he would immediately start doing his homework.
He just stared at me and said, “I am not going to do that.” I replied, “Then I guess you lied. You are not really willing to do anything to get that car.” He was not happy when he left my office.
As we continue the “Ideal Family” series, I will be sharing a message this Sunday entitled, “I Would Do Anything for…” In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
• Matthew 19:16-22 – “I would do anything for eternal life….but I won’t do that.”
• Matthew 13:44-46 – How much you are willing to do to get “it” reveals how much “it” really is worth to you
This is Memorial Day weekend. Sunday we will start our services promptly with an Armed Forces tribute in recognition of those who have given their lives for our freedom and safety. We will close the auditorium doors at 9:00 and 10:45 and not open them again until the ceremony is complete.