“I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.”
—Psalm 101:3
Did you read those big words in our Bible verse? “Vile” and “vulgar” are words for anything that isn’t good or pure or right—things that you know you shouldn’t be looking at. King David learned this lesson in his life, and so did my friend Grace. Let me tell you about it.
Grace was excited. She was going to have a sleepover at her Auntie Laura’s house. “Auntie Laura!” Grace screeched happily as she ran out to her auntie’s car.
“Grace,” Auntie Laura said, buckling her seat belt, “let’s stop at the store and pick out a movie to watch tonight.”
“OK!” Grace bubbled.
In the store, Grace’s eyes landed on a movie she really wanted to see: Attack of the Giant Water Lilies! All of her friends had seen it and loved it. Grace’s mom and dad had told her she wasn’t allowed to watch it, though. But Grace really wanted to see it, so she asked her auntie.
“I don’t know,” Auntie Laura hesitated.
“Oh,” Grace argued, “all my friends have seen it, and they tell me it’s great!”
Auntie Laura hesitated, but Grace begged, and to her surprise, her auntie agreed.
At her auntie’s house, after dinner, they snuggled up on the couch to watch. Grace had a funny feeling in her tummy. She watched the movie, but didn’t enjoy it at all.
Afterwards, she crawled into bed and fell into a light sleep. During the night, she had a nightmare—giant water lilies were attacking her aunt’s house! She couldn’t escape! Grace woke up with a cry.
“What’s the matter?” her auntie asked, worried.
“Oh, Auntie Laura,” Grace sobbed. “We shouldn’t have watched that movie!”
Grace hugged her auntie and explained the whole thing. Auntie Laura stroked her hair. “Well,” she said, “I can see that you are sorry. In the morning we’ll call your parents. I just know that they’ll forgive you.”
Grace smiled and dried her tears. “Yes, I’m sorry,” she whispered. “And I sure did learn my lesson!”
Just like King David, Grace learned that God wants us to be careful about what we watch. He knows what is best for us. Keep that in mind as you make choices today and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!
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