Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 20 - A Medal for Opie
Opie dreams of winning the 50-yard dash at the annual "Sheriffs Boys Day" track meet. Barney volunteers to train Opie for the event. He has the youngster jump rope, jog, and strengthen his leg muscles. Soon, Opie has all the confidence in the world and even promises the good Lord that if he wins the first place medal, he will take it off when he takes a bath once in a while. The big day arrives and Barney is the official starter of the events, while Andy serves as the official scorer. Runners on your mark! Get set
Train to Win (Heb. 12:1-3; I Cor. 9:24,25)
Dedication and hard work
Believe in yourself
Where is Our Reward? (Phil. 3:12-14)
The applause of men
The acceptance of God
Knowledge that we did our best
Reaction to Failure (Prov. 18:12)
Resentment toward others
Courage to try again (I Cor. 16:13)
Learning from Experience (James 1:2-4)
Losing is a part of life (Romans 5:3-5)
How we handle setbacks is our choice
We can become bitter or better
Opie expected to win the race. In fact, it never entered his mind that he might not finish first. While this is a possible attitude, is it realistic? In our own lives today are we prepared for the possibility of finishing last?
Opie literally dreamed of the accolades and glory that accompany victory. When we are successful in life are we more likely to bask in the glory and take the credit ourselves, or are we humble enough to give God the glory?
Opies winning spirit changed drastically after the race. Does our attitude change when things dont work out the way we planned? How can our attitude after a setback be an example to those around us?
In life, do you think God expects us to win every time? Discuss how the challenges we face mold our character and integrity.
"It dont take courage to be a winner. It does take courage to be a good loser." - Andy