My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason…
throw in your lot among us…”
My son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
Selections from Proverbs 1:10-16
I remember lying in the ditch by the side of the road with my partners in crime, bang snaps in hand, waiting for our next victim. The plan was to throw bang snaps in the road as the cars drove by so they would think something horrible had happened and stop. What would we do then? Well, we didn’t think that far ahead (dumb kids). A few people slowed down when they heard the pop. And then one car stopped. Panic! Run!
That wasn’t the last time I got sucked into the vortex of bed decisions. I did a lot of other foolish things like using the van window as a slide (cracked it), writing a note for a guy to ride the bus to his friend’s house (only I wasn’t his mom), and ripping on a girl who was a little odd (now known as bullying). I wasn’t the ring leader, but I joined the circus.
I want you to do better than that. I want you to walk your own path. People will try to get you to do all kinds of things. Foolish things. Stupid things. Hurtful things. They are out for blood and they want you to come with them (Proverbs 1:11).
And Gru has his minions. None of those characters want to be evil alone; they all want someone to help them carry out their plan.
You will run into people like that throughout your life. They may invite you to engage in gossip about a classmate. Or ask you to turn your back on a friend for a silly reason. They may try to convince you to watch or read things that you know are wrong. Or pull silly pranks like lying in a ditch to scare drivers as they go by (let me just go ahead and tell you, that one will not end well).
This is what I want you to do. Listen to my teaching. Decide now who you are going to be. Wear that identity like a priceless necklace. Don’t let anyone tempt you to take it off (think Sofia the First, kids!). Decide now what path you are going to take and never stray from it (Matthew 7:13-14). When someone asks you to be their #2, remember who you are. You are mine. You are a Smith. More importantly, you are a child of God. His way is better. You don’t have to be anyone’s number two when you are His number one!
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.
Walk Your Own Path is part of an ongoing series, Proverbs for Kids.
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