Edan and Elijah really enjoy the board game we play called 7 Wonders. It has been one of our recent bonding activities and they get highly competitive when they play. At the beginning of the game, you have to pick a “wonder” card which can be one of the following — Temple of Artemis, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pyramids of Giza, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus, Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse at Alexandria.
Edan’s favorite card to use is the Pyramids of Giza, but since you randomly pick a card to see what wonder is assigned to you for the game, he wanted to make sure that he got the pyramids by “peeking” a little at the cards when they were face down (which you are not supposed to do). After he picked the Pyramid card, he started jumping up and down saying, “yeah! I got it!” Edric had a suspicion that Edan had actually seen the cards and asked him, “Edan did you see where the Pyramid card was before you picked it?”
Edan thought for a moment, and then looked up at him, “Yes, daddy. I’m sorry.” It was a moment to deal with the trait of integrity so Edric said, “I’m very proud of you for telling the truth, but you don’t get to use that card. You have to put it back and draw again. But since you were honest, I think that God will reward you.” He also reminded Edan of the verse they had memorized…
1 Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
“Remember, Edan, it is the devil that tempts us to do the wrong things. You need to be on the alert.”
Willingly, Edan returned his card and understood that it was more important to be honest. Edric reshuffled the cards and let Edan pick again. To his surprise, Edan picked out the Pyramid card! It was such a great lesson for Edan because he learned that God rewards integrity and it is always better to tell the truth.