Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Lesson 4 - Opie and the Spoiled Kid
Opie has become acquainted with a new boy in town named Arnold Winkler. Arnold is a spoiled brat who believes he can get away with anything. When Arnold discovers that Opie gets a mere quarter-a-week allowance and has to do chores to get it, he tells Opie that hes being taken advantage of. Arnold doesnt have to work for his allowance and believes that no kid should.
Opie decides to quietly demand that his father raise his allowance to 75 cents (the amount Arnold gets), and he says he should not have to do any chores. Opie is obviously uncomfortable making these demands, and he takes it well when Andy refuses to comply. Arnold tells Opie that "man to man" talks always fail. He advises Opie that throwing a temper tantrum will get him whatever he wishes. Arnold says it always works...
Value of a Good Work Ethic (Gal. 6:7)
Where it Starts
Appreciation of Money
Physical and Spiritual Rewards (1 Cor. 3:8)
Utilization of Talents (Matt. 25:14-30)
Letting Ourselves Rule Our Lives - Arnold
I Want it My Way
Societys Emphasis on "Me"
Disrespect for All Authority
Changing Focus from Me to Others (Luke 10:30-37)
Skills of Parenting - Andy
A calm demeanor (Eph. 6:4)
Firmness in What is Right
Learning from Mistakes - Opie
Realizing Mistake and Making it Right
Honoring Authority (Eph. 6:1)
How can we in our professional lives "shoot for the good feeling"?
If Arnold was allowed to continue his lifestyle, what kind of problems might he face as an adult?
Discuss Andys approach to dealing with Opies (attempted) tantrum.
Did you notice a change in Opies attitude after witnessing Arnolds final tantrum?
"If we dont teach children to live in society today, whats going to happen when they grow up?"