Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 16 - Deputy Otis
Otis is distraught when he discovers that his brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Verlaine, are coming to visit. He has mislead the couple into believing he is one of Andys deputy Sheriffs. Otis explains to Andy that he was always the black sheep in his family. His brother Ralph was always the one who would do well in life. Otis simply could not bear to admit that his family was right.
Andy wants to help Otis save face. So, much to Barneys chagrin, he appoints Otis as a temporary deputy. When Ralph and Verlaine arrive, they are stunned to discover a sober and successful Otis. Ralph never really believed Otis would be anything but a drunk. He remains skeptical because Otis always had a fondness for drinking...
External versus internal (II Cor. 4:7)
Afraid of what others might think
Being honest with ourselves
By the Book or By the Heart (Luke 6:7-11)
The big picture
Accepting the consequences
Putting off our Old Self (Eph. 4:22-24)
Requirements of the uniform
Ours is not a temporary assignment (I Peter 4:19)
Keeping the reward in sight (I Cor. 9:24-27)
Realizing our True Behavior (Matt. 7:3)
Reputation versus character
Otis didnt want to admit to his family that his life wasnt perfect. How does his situation relate to us and the appearances we try to maintain with our spiritual family?
Otis had a lack of encouragement from his family. They never thought he would amount to anything. How important is it for us to encourage one another?
Obviously Barney wanted to go by the book, but Andy was more interested in the human factor. Who was right?
Even after Otis donned the uniform, he was still tempted. How does this relate to our experience?
Otis probably didnt see the lack of respect he had for himself until he saw his own brother as the town drunk. What might Otis have learned? What can we learn?
"You never know how these things might turn out good." - Andy