"Can you sleep at our campsite tonight?" Josh asked his friend Ben after spending the evening with Ben's family. "My mom says it's okay with her."
"Can I, Mom?" Ben looked over at his mother. "Then I won't wake you when I get up early to go fishing."
Ben's mother laughed. "Okay," she agreed, "but it's already dark, so get going. Take your sleeping bag and run along."
The boys grinned, and Josh snapped on his flashlight as they started out. "Last night I left this thing in my pocket all the way home, but I'm not going to make the same dumb mistake twice!" he said.
When they came to a narrow stretch of the path, Josh led the way and Ben followed behind him. "Can you see okay, Ben?" Josh turned back to light Ben's path. As they walked along, Josh continued to leave the beam of light on the path behind him, making sure Ben could see. "Last night I fell over a tree root," began Josh, "and I don't want . . . oops!" Down he went, and the flashlight went flying into a bush.
After the boys recovered the light, Josh turned to Ben. "Walk up here with me so we can both see where we're going," mumbled Josh.
When they arrived at the campsite, Josh's family was again waiting. "We saw your light and heard a crash," said Mom. "What happened this time?"
"Fell again even though you were using the flashlight, didn't you?" teased Kathy. "What's the problem? Maybe you need glasses."
After hearing the story, Dad smiled. "Do you know who you remind me of tonight?" he asked. Josh shook his head. "You were using your flashlight this time, but you were pointing it on somebody else's path," said Dad. "You remind me of people who come to church and hear God's Word being preached, and they think, I hope so-and-so is listening. He really needs this. Or maybe they read something from the Bible but apply it to another person's life. They fail to see that they need it themselves."
"So the moral of the story is . . ." began Kathy dramatically, "we need to shine the light--from our flashlights and our Bibles--on our own paths and lives. That's the way to keep from falling!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
As you read today’s Scripture did you notice the words I and my? Read it again, and emphasize those words. Whenever you read the Bible, apply what it says to yourself. If you read, “Children, obey your parents,” check on how well you obey. If you read, “Be kind to one another,” think of the way you should behave. When you hear a sermon on how Christians should love one another, remember that what God says is for you.
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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