Travelling tales and tails

Drive time

While driving, point out things that aren’t really there.

Discussion point: If we are dishonest, even just to be funny, people will lose trust in what we say.

While you are driving in the car, tell your kids something false, such as “Hey, look at that horse running down the road.” Do it again a few blocks later, and yet again another few blocks down the road.

Questions for discussion

When the kids begin to comment on your dishonesty, use the following questions as a guideline to initiate discussion:

  • Did you think it was funny when I mentioned the horse?
  • Would it be funny the second time?
  • What if I told you untrue things like that all the time?
  • Did you stop believing me about the horse?
  • If you tell stories that are not true, even just to be funny, will other people trust what you say?
  • Can you think of a dangerous situation that might arise if people realized that they can’t trust what you say?
Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 26:18-19 “Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’ ”