Socially Acceptable Lesson 20

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Socially Acceptable Lesson 20

The elephant

A family of four went to an elephant park one day. As they entered the park they saw a sign that read: Please do not feed the elephants.

As Charlie, the dad, parked under a tree for the family to watch the elephants, a friendly one approached the car. Charlie took a packet of chips and for fun started feeding the elephant a couple of chips.

The elephant loved the chips and put his whole trunk in the car. At first it was a joke. Then the dad hid the chips under the seat thinking the elephant would walk away. But the elephant’s trunk just started going crazy inside the car. Eventually his trunk was wrapped around Charlie’s head and he was trapped!

The kids were laughing because they warned their dad not to feed the elephant. Charlie had to think quickly and make a plan. He thought he would try to close the window, and in so doing he would squeeze the trunk and the elephant would draw back. But the tighter the window closed, the crazier the elephant got. His trunk was waving around uncontrollably.

Then suddenly the elephant’s trunk just stopped. Charlie looked up to see two flaring nostrils. The elephant took a deep breath and blew his trumpet. Charlie was so frightened that he nearly collapsed. As the elephant let go of his breath, two huge green slimy balls of elephant mucus splashed all over Charlie’s face. The kids were rolling around with laughter. The elephant took one last look at Charlie and left.


Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story.
  2. Did Charlie see the rules and regulations clearly when he entered the park? Did he respect the rules?
  3. Did Charlie act like a responsible father? Which mistakes did he make?
  4. Do you think the park made those rules just to be nasty or for a person’s own safety? Why do people often not understand that rules are there for their own advantage and safety?
  5. What responsibility did Charlie have towards his family and the elephants?
  6. What was Charlie’s reward for being disobedient?
  7. Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. The whole psalm is actually a song of praise to God for the laws He gave to his people. Read verses 9-16 and 97-104 and then discuss the questions:
    • Why is the writer of this psalm so positive about the laws?
    • What are the benefits of keeping God’s laws and following his instructions and commands?
    • Why are we often negative about rules and laws – especially young people? Do we think they will restrict our freedom? Psalm 119:45 says: “I will live in perfect freedom, because I try to obey your teachings.”
    • Is it only God’s law that is to our benefit, or are all laws and rules actually meant to serve our best interests?
  8. The story about the elephant is a funny story, but it could have had dangerous consequences. What could have happened to the entire family, considering the strength of the elephant?
  9. What would you have done differently?






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The elephant

A family of four went to an elephant park one day. As they entered the park they saw a sign that read: Please do not feed the elephants.

As Charlie, the dad, parked under a tree for the family to watch the elephants, a friendly one approached the car. Charlie took a packet of chips and for fun started feeding the elephant a couple of chips.

The elephant loved the chips and put his whole trunk in the car. At first it was a joke. Then the dad hid the chips under the seat thinking the elephant would walk away. But the elephant’s trunk just started going crazy inside the car. Eventually his trunk was wrapped around Charlie’s head and he was trapped!

The kids were laughing because they warned their dad not to feed the elephant. Charlie had to think quickly and make a plan. He thought he would try to close the window, and in so doing he would squeeze the trunk and the elephant would draw back. But the tighter the window closed, the crazier the elephant got. His trunk was waving around uncontrollably.

Then suddenly the elephant’s trunk just stopped. Charlie looked up to see two flaring nostrils. The elephant took a deep breath and blew his trumpet. Charlie was so frightened that he nearly collapsed. As the elephant let go of his breath, two huge green slimy balls of elephant mucus splashed all over Charlie’s face. The kids were rolling around with laughter. The elephant took one last look at Charlie and left.

Group discussion

  1. Identify the in this story.
  2. Did Charlie see the rules and regulations clearly when he entered the park? Did he respect the rules?
  3. Did Charlie act like a responsible father? Which mistakes did he make?
  4. Do you think the park made those rules just to be nasty or for a person’s own safety? Why do people often not understand that rules are there for their own advantage and safety?
  5. What responsibility did Charlie have towards his family and the elephants?
  6. What was Charlie’s reward for being disobedient?
  7. Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. The whole psalm is actually a song of praise to God for the laws He gave to his people. Read verses 9-16 and 97-104 and then discuss the questions:
    • Why is the writer of this psalm so positive about the laws?
    • What are the benefits of keeping God’s laws and following his instructions and commands?
    • Why are we often negative about rules and laws – especially young people? Do we think they will restrict our freedom? Psalm 119:45 says: “I will live in perfect freedom, because I try to obey your teachings.”
    • Is it only God’s law that is to our benefit, or are all laws and rules actually meant to serve our best interests?
  8. The story about the elephant is a funny story, but it could have had dangerous consequences. What could have happened to the entire family, considering the strength of the elephant?
  9. What would you have done differently?

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