Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Lesson 12 - Barney Fife, Realtor

Barney has decided to try his hand at selling real estate. When Andy hears Barney mention that the Williams family may soon put their home on the market, it piques his interest. Barney claims that Andy could sell his home and purchase the Williams’ place for just a little more money. Andy admits it is an enticing idea. Later, Andy finds Opie attempting to sell his damaged bicycle to a boy named Howie. Andy points out the problems, and Howie declines to buy it. Andy explains to Opie about "fair dealin’," being open and honest.

Meanwhile, Barney has been busy getting clients interested in the Taylors’ home. He surprises Andy one night when he brings a couple over, unannounced, to see the house. While leading the tour, Andy misleads the prospective buyers by failing to mention the house’s problems. However, Opie is quick to set the record straight. Andy believes Opie is trying to get him back for spoiling his bicycle sale, but Opie insists he was just employing the fair dealin’ principle...

Lesson Points
What Makes Us Happy

        Pressures of Society (1 Tim. 6:6-10)

        I’ll be Happy When… (Heb. 13:5)

        Learning the Secret (Phil. 4:11-13)

The "Fair Dealin’" Principle (1 Pet. 3:10)

        Different Rules for Different Situations?

        A Downward Spiral (2 Tim. 3:13)

        Doing the Right Thing (Rom. 12:17)

Our Example

        Someone is Watching Us

        Practicing what we Preach (Rom. 2:21)

        Learning from a Child’s Perspective (Matt. 18:4)

Initially, Andy made it clear that he was happy and content where he was. What happened to change his attitude?

To Andy, Opie’s bike deal was a simple matter of honesty. However, the situation became a little more "complex" when considering the sale of his house. Why did Andy have a hard time explaining the difference between bikes and houses?

Describe the impact of Andy’s decision to come clean about the condition of the house.

In the end, what did Andy learn from the experience?  What did Opie learn?

Final Thought
"You mean that kids should be honest, but the grownups don’t have to be?" - Opie