Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Case of the TV Trouble ; for Kids

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Case of the TV Trouble ; for Kids

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Mom was away, and I was in charge. My three younger brothers and my sister were running around acting goofy. I wanted to watch TV. Yanking and pushing the TV cart across the uneven floor, I hit a bump, and over the TV went. CRASH! Everyone ran to see what had happened.

"You're in trouble now!" my brother said.

I gulped. What a mess!

"Um, Mom," I began when Mom got home, "um, Glenn tugged on the TV and pulled it over."

Glenn was the youngest of us, and really just a baby. He wouldn't get in trouble - he was too little even to know he'd been blamed.

"Oh, really?" my mom said, "Gee, you'd think it would be too heavy for that to happen."

I'd been expecting an explosion. A few fireworks. Some shouting about "That was a new TV!" But all Mom said was, "Well, these things can happen. The TV probably was too heavy for that cart anyway."

That really made me feel bad. Mom was big on telling the truth, and I realized that, as bad as the broken TV was, it was worse to lie about how it had happened and to blame it on someone else.

A few days later, Mom and I were in the kitchen when she looked me in the eye and asked if I had been telling the truth about the TV. In my head I was saying to myself, "Tell her, tell her!" But I didn't. I couldn't. Instead I said, "Oh, yes. Glenn pushed it, and it fell."

She gave me a long mom-look and said, "You know, your brothers said you were moving it, and it tipped over."

I felt caught. But I still couldn't tell her. It was as though my lie was a sort of prison I couldn't get out of.

Night after night I thought about ways to tell my mom the truth. I would dream that I'd told her the truth. But every morning I woke up and remembered that the lie was still as big as ever. And each day that went by only made me feel worse.

I remembered a Bible story about a man named Peter, who followed Jesus and was his disciple (see Luke 22:54-62). That means Jesus was his teacher and friend. One time, Peter promised Jesus he would never deny knowing him, no matter what. But when Jesus was arrested, people accused Peter of being one of Jesus' followers. …

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