Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Lesson 9 - Bailey's Bad Boy

A spoiled rich kid named Ronald Bailey is arrested after speeding through Mayberry on his way to Miami. Bailey is also accused of sideswiping Fletch Dilbeck’s produce truck. He denies the speeding, reckless driving, and hit-and-run charges until an incriminating stalk of celery in the back of his convertible does him in. Once Ron is arrested, Andy tells him he’ll be locked up in the Mayberry jail for a few days until Circuit Judge Parker arrives for the trial. Bailey, acting like the smart-aleck 19 year old he is, threatens Andy by calling his influential father, John Judson Bailey, who according to Ron has the power to strip Andy and Barney of their jobs...

Lesson Points
Above the Law (I Peter 2:13-17)

            Lack of Respect

            Pre-occupation with Our Rights

            Considering Others before Self

Instilling Values (Prov. 22:6)

            Training Up a Child

            Father/Son Relationship

            Drawing on Our Heritage

Personal Responsibility (Phil. 2:14-16)

            Right versus Wrong

            Ownership of Our Actions

            Courage to Face the Consequences

Change of Heart (2 Cor. 5:17)

            Seeing the Father, not the Lawman

            Realizing Our True Behavior

            Admitting when We’re Wrong   

Whose well being was Ron concerned about after the accident?

Is it easier to raise a child right, or repair an adult?

Do you think Ron had faced many consequences of his actions before his visit to Mayberry?

What does the fact that Ron admitted his fault, even after his lawyer had come to the rescue, tell us about his new attitude.

Final Thought
"Why don’t you tell Mr. Bailey that the boy busted a window and wants to stand on his own two legs."