Candid Conversations With Connie: Movie Night

by Zoe, 11, from Kentucky

Welcome back! Today, we’re talking about making good choices.

Penny invited me to go to a movie called Girls’ Night Out in Connellsville. I thought it would be fun . . . until I talked to Whit.

“Connie,” he said, “that doesn’t sound like an appropriate movie.”

I read a review online, and Whit was right. My conscience kept saying Don’t go! Don’t go! But I wanted to hang out with Penny, so I decided to go anyway.

When we got to the theater, it was packed. We bought our popcorn, M&M’s and drinks, then took our seats. We watched lots of trailers for other shows until, finally, the movie started.

Halfway through, we realized we had made a bad choice. (We also realized we were out of snacks.) The movie was ungodly—every character was living her life in the wrong way. I started to feel bad for the people around me who thought this stuff was funny. Then I realized—they probably thought I liked this movie, too.

We left before it ended. Penny and I both felt terrible. “I’m so sorry, Connie,” she said.

“It’s my fault, too,” I said. “I knew this was a bad choice, but I didn’t say anything.”

When I went to work the next day, I didn’t have to say a word. Whit already knew what I’d done.

“How was the movie?” he asked.

“It was terrible,” I said. “I barely slept last night—there were so many horrible scenes stuck in my head. I’ll never watch another movie like that again!”

Whit laughed. “Well, sometimes your mind gets the better of your conscience.”

“Yeah, I should’ve been wise and listened to you,” I said. “You know Proverbs 3:7—‘Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil’ ” [ESV].

“You won’t always make good choices,” Whit said. “But if you trust the Lord, He will forgive your sins and give you the power to make better choices.”

“Thanks, Whit. You’re always here when I need you. I think I’ll call Penny and tell her what you said.”

After I talked to Penny, she felt much better, too. We promised each other that next time, we’d pay attention to the reviews first—and definitely buy extra snacks.

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