Summary: Most stories you hear about impulsiveness don’t have a happy ending. Here’s what to do before you make a rash decision

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Who knows what the word ¡§impulsive¡¨ means?

„X Impulsive means we do things on the spur of the moment without really thinking about what we¡¦re doing

„X Let me tell you a story of a boy who did something on the spur of the moment without really thinking about what he was doing

„X This boys mother had just baked a beautiful ginger cake

„X She pulled it out of the oven and placed it on the table to cool

„X Then we went outside to hang up the washing

„X While she was out there the little boy came in, saw his favorite cake on the table, saw nobody around, so he stuffed his hands into the top of the cake, grabbed two fistful of cake and took off

„X What do you think happened when his mother came in and saw those two big fist holes in the top of the cake?

„X Right, she went berserk and the little boy got a spanking

„X He got into trouble because of his impulsive behavior

Do any of you have any stories like this about impulsive behavior?

„X Most stories you hear about impulsive behavior don¡¦t have a happy ending

„X Boys shooting the passing car with an air-rifle on the Gold Coast

„X Have you ever wanted something so badly you would give just about anything to have it ¡V maybe something like an X-Box or a Sony Playstation, or a special card for your collection

„X Has there been something you really wanted and you blew all your money on it

„X That is impulsive behavior

„X ¡§Your Mummies do this type of thing all the time in dress shops¡¨

„X This is a story of a little boy who grew up to be a very wise man. His name was Ben. His full name was Benjamin Franklin. In our story today, he was a little boy who did something very foolish. When Ben was seven years old some of his friends gave him some money. It was quite a bit of money for a small boy. As Ben told it, "They filled my pockets with coins. With his pockets full of money, Ben headed straight for a store where they sold toys. On the way to the store, he met a boy who had a whistle. When Ben heard the whistle, he liked the sound of it so much that he told the boy he would give him all of the money he had in his pockets if he would give him the whistle. The boy gave Ben the whistle and took the money. Ben headed for home and when he got there, he went all around the house playing his whistle. His brothers, sisters, and cousins asked Ben where he got the whistle and he told them that he had bought it with the money he had been given. They all started to laugh at Ben and make fun of him. They told him that he had paid four times as much as the whistle was worth. Ben was so hurt and felt so foolish that he began to cry, but he learned a lesson that day that he would remember for the rest of his life. From then on, whenever he saw someone who had made a foolish choice in life, he would say, "That man paid too much for his whistle."

In the Bible there are also stories about impulsive behavior

„X Example of Peter stepping out of the boat

Matthew 14:25-32 25 About three o¡¦clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. ¡§It¡¦s all right,¡¨ he said. ¡§I am here! Don¡¦t be afraid.¡¨ 28 Then Peter called to him, ¡§Lord, if it¡¦s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.¡¨

„X How many of you kids have ever walked on water? Was this such a good idea

„X So this is one of those tricks you don¡¦t try at home

29 ¡§All right, come,¡¨ Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ¡§Save me, Lord!¡¨ he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. ¡§You don¡¦t have much faith,¡¨ Jesus said. ¡§Why did you doubt me?¡¨ 32 And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.

„X Peter was the type of individual who got himself into trouble because of his impulsiveness

What lesson should we learn from all these stories?

First, Before we decide to do something, we need to think about what¡¦s going to happen if we do it

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