Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Episode # 81, "The Loaded Goat"

Introduction :
Mayberry is having an underpass put in and this is requiring some blasting out at the construction site. Hodge brings his goat (Jimmy) into town for the day and, while running errands the goat gets loose and eats some of the dynamite. Everyone becomes afraid of the potential for explosion Jimmy possesses. They seek to find solutions to the quandary. Finally they stumble upon the idea of Barney playing his French Harp and lead the goat out of town. The mayor and Hodge hear an explosion from the construction site and think Andy and Barney were blown up leading the goat away. They break into a eulogy not knowing the duo had returned and were listening in the other room.

Lesson Points
How to handle situations when we donít know what to do (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  
     Barney
  
             Panics
  
             Blames the goat for doing what goats do naturally
  
     The Mayor
  
             Wants to force a solution that wonít work
  
             Wants to shoot the goat and thus
  
     Andy
  
             Remain calm
  
             Get advice (Proverbs 11:4; 15:22)
  
             Become creative (lead the goat out of town with music)

The Power of music (1 Samuel 16:23; Ephesians 5:19)
  
     It can have a significant effect on those who listen to it

The Importance of a good reputation (Proverbs 20:11; 22:1)
  
     It is earned over time
  
     It can be lost by foolish behavior

Discussion
What do you do when you become afraid or have a problem you donít know the answer to?

How does the music you listen to effect you?

If people looked at what you do and what you say. What kind of a reputation might they give you.