Tyler ate a few small bites of his dinner, but mostly he just pushed the food around on his plate. "You're being awfully quiet tonight, Tyler, and you've hardly touched your dinner," said Mom. Tyler didn't reply. "Did something happen at school today?" asked Mom.
"Rex Cofield brought a chameleon to class," replied Tyler quietly.
"What's that?" asked Robby, Tyler's little brother.
"A chameleon is a lizard that can change its color," replied Tyler. "Most people think they do that to blend in with their surroundings."
"That's interesting," said Mom, "but I'd still like to know why you're so quiet. Did anything else happen?"
Tyler kept his eyes on his plate and slowly nodded his head. "Rex took his chameleon out of the cage and handed it to me," he said. "We...we were playing with it when we were supposed to be studying. Miss Evans caught us, and now we have to stay in at recess tomorrow."
Mom frowned. "This is the second time you've gotten in trouble at school this month," she said. "Last time Rex was involved, too."
"Well, he always dares me to do stuff," said Tyler.
Dad frowned. "Seems to me you're something like a chameleon," he said.
"Can Tyler change color?" asked Robby, wide-eyed.
"No," said Dad. He glanced at Tyler. "But you change your actions," he said. "I've noticed that when you're with friends who are polite and respectful, you are, too. But when you're with kids who don't behave as well, your language and attitude reflects that. And as Mom pointed out, you often get into trouble when you're with Rex."
"You're right, Dad," Tyler said. "Rex is always getting me into trouble."
"No, Tyler, you get yourself into trouble," replied Dad. "Rex is obviously not a good influence on you, so maybe you should spend more time with other friends and less time with him. But you can't blame him for what you do. The way you behave is your own responsibility."
Mom nodded. "That's right," she said. "You need to accept responsibility for your actions and ask God to help you say no when temptation comes your way." Daryl B. KnauerHOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you go along with whatever your friends are doing—whether it’s right or wrong? Don’t be changeable, like a chameleon, and don’t blame others for the way you behave. Ask God to help you do what’s right, no matter where you are or who you’re with. Then accept responsibility for your own behavior.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 1:1 (KJV)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.
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