Finding the Way Back to Mayberry
Episode # 144, "Goober Takes a Car Apart"
When Andy goes to the Sheriff’s Safety Conference in Mt. Pilot for a day and a half, he needs someone to answer the phone at the courthouse. Goober really wants to do it, but he is also obligated to repair Gilly Walker’s car. So he takes the car apart, reassembles it in the courthouse, and works on it there, much to Andy’s aggravation.
Listening and Doing—Goober (Proverbs 19:20, James 1:19-25)
Promises—Goober (Numbers 30:1-2)
Second Chances—Andy and Goober (Micah 7:7-9)
Anger—Andy (Proverbs 14:17a, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Ephesians 4:25-27, 31-32)
1. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, listening means, “to pay attention to sound” or “to hear something with thoughtful attention.” Why are most people poor listeners?
2. Of the four primary modes of communication—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—which one is used the most and the least? Which one was learned first and last? Which one is taught the most and the least?
3. Have you ever made a promise that you didn’t keep? Has someone ever broken a promise that was made to you? What does breaking a promise say to others?
4. Have you ever given someone a second chance? What was the outcome? Have you ever been given a second change? Did you take advantage of it?
5. Have you ever been as angry with someone as Andy was with Goober? How did you respond? What was the result? How could you have handled it differently?
Andy: "Now I'm going home, because if I stay here another minute I'm liable to get mad. And if I get mad I'm liable to start hollering, and then I'm liable to take one of these guns and shoot you!"