It was the day he had been waiting for, his eighth birthday! Ian couldn't wait to open his gifts. He had been asking for a Robo Dino for months and was certain he would not be disappointed. He couldn't wait to train it to sit, roll over, do his chores, and roar at his sister. With his family watching, he tore into a large wrapped box, and there it was--Robo Dino!
"Yessss!" Ian cried. "Thank you! Dad, can I start training him now?"
"Sure," said Dad, laughing, "but don't you want to open your other gifts?"
After opening a block set from his sister and new art supplies from his grandparents, Ian began Robo Dino's training.
"Sit!" he commanded his new toy. The dino roared.
"Roll over!" Ian called out. The dino leapt into the air and wagged its tail--like he wanted to fetch.
"Roar!" Ian yelled, becoming frustrated. The robot lay down and began snoozing. "This is not going well," Ian said. He tried again and again to get the dino to obey his commands, but the robot did not want to cooperate. He seemed to do everything except what Ian wanted him to do!
"What's wrong with this thing?" said Ian. "Mom, my dinosaur is broken!"
"Ian," Mom replied, "did you try reading the instructions? They came with the dino to help you teach it to do the right things. If you read the instructions, I'm sure this training will be much easier."
"Yeah, guess I should have read the manual first," said Ian.
"You know, this makes me think of what we talked about in church this week," said Mom. "God's Word is like an instruction manual. We need to read it so we know how He wants us to live our lives, and whenever we have problems, the Bible will help us know what to do. God loves us, created us, and wants to guide us so we are doing His will--not the opposite, like your dino!"
Ian smiled. "I guess I have a lot of reading to do!" he said, then sat down and began to read Robo Dino's instructions. Christy Mazer
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you read your Bible to learn about God and find out how He wants you to live your life? When you’re worried about a problem, is that the first place you turn? Sometimes we think we can figure things out on our own, but we need God’s instructions to help us do things His way. Read your Bible and do what it says!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
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