Often, when someone offers an objection to a particular activity, the immediate response is, “What’s wrong with that, doing that never hurt me!” Over time this question has become a standard method for determining whether a particular action is acceptable. If you can’t see anything wrong with doing something, then it must be okay. However, using this question as a guideline is not a wise way to make decisions.
Families lead busy, hectic lives. Decisions about what should or shouldn’t be done are often made on the run. For example, a decision about which movie to rent tonight might be asked and answered via cell phones as mom travels between a doctor’s appointment and an after school soccer match. The criteria most likely will be, “Is there anything wrong or bad about the movie?” No one seems to recall anything bad about this one, so the decision is made — Mom will pick up the movie after the soccer match just before she goes to the pizza place to pick up dinner.
However, there is a more important question to be asked than “What is wrong with ________?” Even though it is good to determine if there are negative influences — is an activity safe, does someone else we know have any problems with the activity, etc. — there is still another vital factor to consider.
In addition to asking, “What is wrong with _______?,” we must also ask, “What is right with________?”
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