Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 13 - Christmas Story
Its Christmas Eve, and Andy is filled with the spirit of the season. He allows all of the jails prisoners to go home for the holiday, with the promise that theyll return the day after Christmas. Ben Weaver, owner of the local department store, shows up and has hauled in Sam Muggins for moonshining. Ben - a real Scrooge when it comes to Christmas - has the evidence in hand and demands that Andy do his sworn duty. Andy not only arrests Sam, he also "arrests" Samss wife, Bess, daughter Effie and son Billy as accessories to the crime...
Goodwill Toward Men (Luke 2:13,14) - Andy
Happiness is a Choice
Interest of Others at Heart
Pride/Selfishness (1 John 2:16) - Ben
Profit over People
Refusing to see the Human Factor
Threatening Nature (misuse of power)
Finding Good in Every Situation (Proverbs 3:5,6) - All
When Troubled Times Come
Willingness to Help
Joy in Sharing with Others
Change of Heart (Phil. 2:3-4) - Ben
Sacrificing our Pride
Remembering what is Important
Spirit of Giving
What did you notice about Andys mood at the beginning of the episode?
Compare Andys attitude toward his fellow citizens of Mayberry with Bens initial attitude.
When things dont work out the way we want them to, how do we react? How willing are we to make the best of whatever we encounter in life?
At the beginning, Bens only concern was the money lost by his store. How did his attitude change as he witnessed the Christmas spirit displayed by Andy and the rest?