(these are scaled down chapters, just to give you a peek)
from my book....
DALTON DISCOVERS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
“You shall not covet”
“Ohhh mom, it was the coolest, you should have seen it!” Dalton was so excited about his friend’s new bicycle. “But Dalton, you have a great bike, and you haven’t had it very long” his mom said. “I know…” you could hear his disappointment...“but Chad’s bike…mom, it’s…it’s so much better than mine…” his voice trailed….
.....All the kids were crowded around Chad at recess the next day during school. ..... “Oh come on,” Dalton said, “you’d think they had never known anyone who had a bicycle! You know, I really should be the one to have that new bicycle, I try to do everything my mom and dad tell me, I do my chores, I work hard in school AND I know I have better grades than Chad!”
“Dalton”. He heard his name being called. “Oh, hi Homer, what are you doing?” “Aren’t you going to play some soccer?” Homer asked “Yes, as soon as the rest of the kids finish hearing all about Chad’s new bike….” Dalton said with a little frustration. Homer had heard Dalton talking about Chad as he walked up to the tree and thought Dalton sounded a little jealous of Chad’s new bicycle.
“Dalton, do you know what “covet” means?” Homer asked. “Covet”… said Dalton still playing with the stick, “does it have to do with soccer?” “No, it means that you really want something,” said Homer, “and I mean really want it, not only HOW you might want something but how you believe you SHOULD have it.” “Oh…”said Dalton looking up at Homer “is that bad?” .......
......“Oh we all see things we want,” said Homer, “but it is how we feel and act about it that makes it right or wrong..... “See how coveting can turn something good into something bad?” Dalton hung his head down; he was feeling sad that he had acted angry with his friend. “What should I do now?” Dalton asked. “God tells us to love one another, and you show love in many different ways,” Homer said, “telling him how happy you are for him and how nice his bike is and how you know he will have fun riding it, that is showing him a part of God’s love. But,” Homer went on to explain, “you have to really feel that way, you can’t just say it!”
As Dalton was walking over to share some of God’s love with Chad - Homer saw Dalton smile at Chad and he then realized that he had accomplished the special task that God set out for him to do!
Are we an example for our children in the area of "coveting"? A good example or a bad example? Take the time to explain the importance of sharing in someone's excitement instead of using those body language that shows jealousy.