Average Answers (Part 17)

After a few weeks off for summer vacation (do not ask about the neon-blue cowboy boots), Average Boy is back to answer more of your questions!

Ask Average Boy a question.

Question  What is your youngest memory?

Mackenzie

Answer  Hey Mackenzie,

My youngest memory was my mom teaching me how to spell “MACKENZIE” (just kidding). My youngest memory was learning how to climb. It’s funny, that bookshelf seemed so much taller back then. I also remember that day because I learned picture frames were breakable. So I guess that was the day I learned how to climb and use a broom!

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Dear Average Boy,

Do you have any plans or goals for your future? When I read Clubhouse, sometimes I make predictions based on what you say are your likes and dislikes, but then you contradict yourself!

Becky

Answer  Hey Becky,

I don’t contradict myself! Wait, yes I do. No, I don’t. Maybe I do. My dad says I’m indecisive. Am I?

Anyway, I’d like to be a preacher or an actor. Maybe I could be in a movie and halfway through turn to the people watching and start preaching! That’s what I’d like to do, but I’m constantly praying to find out what God wants me to do. I figure He knows what I should do, and I want to be ready when He opens that door.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Hey Bob!

Have you ever built a tree house? Me and my brother are building one.

The Creature From the Back of the Fridge

Answer  Hey Creature From the Back of the Fridge,

If I lived in the fridge I’d want a tree house to thaw out in as well. Billy and I sort of built a tree house once. We got as far as nailing one plank on a branch. Billy hit his thumb trying to put in the second nail and fell out of the tree. It wasn’t a far fall—I know because I quickly fell, too, from laughing so hard. That’s when Mom decided that we weren’t cut out to be carpenters. But the plank of wood is still there. So I guess I've built a tree house for really small thin people who don’t mind getting wet when it rains.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Hey Average Boy,

I seem to be mildly (and by mildly, I mean really) addicted to the computer. Whenever I have any free time, I always go straight to the computer, and afterward, I'm kind of crabby. Nothing else seems fun and the game I was just playing is all I can talk about. Any advice on how to stop?

Carter

Answer  Hey Carter,

Great question! I was addicted to the computer one summer. My eyes were always zombie-like, and I had a strange habit of holding my hands out in front of me like I was typing. I did this even when I wasn’t in front of the computer, making me look like a tired T. rex. Fortunately, most computers come with an easy fix to this addiction. Go to your computer and look on the back. There should be a cord going into the wall. Pull that cord out of the wall. There you go. Now go outside and live life!

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Are you going to get braces any time soon? Your teeth are a little out of order.

Samantha and Sydney

Answer  Hey Samantha and Sydney,

Braces would be cool because you could hide vegetables in them until dinner is over. However, I like my teeth the way they are. I can eat a chicken leg without even opening my mouth! Plus, I can whistle a lot of different ways thanks to the gaps between my teeth. So I’ll probably have to get braces when I’m older, but right now I like the way God made them!

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Dear Average Boy,

Are you popular at school?

Emily

Answer  Hey Emily,

I guess. All the teachers know my name. And thanks to a few adventures I’ve had, every kid at school knows who I am. Although, a few of them still call me “Skunk Boy” because of a misunderstanding I had with a skunk once. So yeah, I guess I’m popular. I’ve never really thought about it because it only matters if Jesus knows my name.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Hi, Average Boy,

What are your favorite veggies? Or do you never eat them?

Abigail

Answer  Hey Abigail,

I like chocolate-covered celery, if you hold the celery. I also like to eat broccoli because I pretend I’m a giant eating small trees. (Asparagus is good for that, too.) Just don’t make a lot of loud, giant noises because for some reason it bothers everyone in the restaurant.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  When is the right time to ask your new friend if she is a Christian or if she wants to become one? How do you start?

Catherine

Answer  Hey Catherine,

Best question so far! I think a good way to start is simply to invite your friend to church. Say, “Hey, want to hang out? I’m going to church. Want to go?” Then watch how your friend reacts at church. (Just don’t stare and take notes. . . . That makes people uncomfortable.) Afterward, ask what she thought about it. This should lead into questions about what she believes and should give you the opportunity to share. Also, don’t forget to show Christ through your actions! Once your friend knows you are a Christian, she will want to see what makes you different from other kids.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Hi Average Boy,

How much money do you make a week? I make $1 and I only get 40 cents for spending!

Katie

Answer  Hey Katie,

It depends. I mow lawns for money, so in the summer I make a lot. But then in the winter I don’t make anything. In fact, sometimes I don’t make money in the summer either because I have to replant the flowers I accidentally mowed over.

If you want more money, try this: Tell your parents that you want to tithe more than a dime a week. Then ask if there are more chores or other ways you can earn more money.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Dear Average Boy,

Salutations! I enjoy your humor. But I don't believe that we should be average. Didn't Christ die so we would not be average? Do you believe we should rise up for God? My mom asked me about this, and I'm very curious.

John

Answer  Hey John,

Thanks for giving me a new word to look up. (I thought “Salutations” meant a salmon made into tater tots.) And tell your mom great question! Yes, we need to rise up for God! Unless you are talking about getting up early in the morning—I haven’t read that anywhere in the Bible.

I always wanted to be a super hero, but I’m not super-good at anything. I’m actually pretty average. But with Jesus working through me, I can do all things. So even though I’m pretty average, I can be a super hero for God! Tell your mom that even if you are average at stuff, you can still be super average by being a bold Christian.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  We're twins and we want to ask you what the name of your hairstyle is. We think that 10-year-old boys should look as cool as you! (Our mom said no to the hair thing, but she'll be gone for a week and two days, so we figure we can make the most of it.) Sigh! I guess we shouldn't, but we still want to know what it's called!

Bobby and Jakey

Answer  Hey Bobby and Jakey,

For some reason, I can’t get my hair to lie down. I get asked all the time if something just scared me. I once walked into school and a teacher said, “Wow, it must be windy out today!” So my hairstyle just comes naturally, but you could try Elmer’s Glue to get yours to stand up. You’ll need to start washing it out about three weeks before your mom gets home . . . which means you'd have to start 12 days before she left. Hmmm.

In my experience, disobeying your parents is usually more trouble than it's worth.

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

Question  Are you afraid of anything? Because you are always so, well, enthusiastic about trying anything new!

Lily

Answer  Hey Lily,

Yes. I’m afraid of not trying something new. I think God’s given us lots of adventures to enjoy. Of course, my Dad likes to point out that they shouldn’t be enjoyed all in one day. I think he said that because yesterday was full of adventures . . . which is why Billy isn’t allowed to come over for the next week. Now if you will excuse me, I have to replace our "Extreme Mud-Lovers Blindfolded Bike Track" with a normal backyard. (If I could just get my hands on a dump truck . . .)

Your friend and mine,
Average Boy

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