What Does God Want from Me?
By CHERYL FAWCETT AND ROBERT C. NEWMAN
One day at lunch, Mom had a job for Megan. “Mrs.
Proper called this morning and wondered if you and
Bobbie would take care of her cat while she’s gone
“I don’t know. What do I have to do?” Megan didn’t sound too
“She’ll tell you, and she’s willing to pay you too.”
Megan looked like she was thinking for a second. “Well, I guess
we could go see her. Come on, Bobbie.” Megan and Bobbie went
to Mrs. Proper’s house next door.
Mrs. Proper opened the door and took the girls into the sitting
room. It’s really the living room, but Mrs. Proper calls it the sitting room.
She told Megan and Bobbie, “Now, girls, my cat is very particular.
She likes her food precisely at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Can you
“Sure, we can come over after breakfast and before dinner every
day.” I guess Megan didn’t think that would be too hard, and she
would get some money.
So Megan and Bobbie fed Mrs. Proper’s cat exactly at 8:00 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday Mom told Megan that Mrs. Proper was home and
wanted to see her right away.
“Come on, Bobbie. I’m going to get my money! I’m going to
get my money!” Megan sort of sang that, and she skipped out the
A little while later she and Bobbie came back. Megan was walking real slowly, and she was looking at her shoes. Bobbie didn’t say
anything. Mom asked them what was wrong.
“Mrs. Proper wouldn’t pay me because she said we didn’t give
the cat any water.” Megan was whining. “But she didn’t say to give
the cat water! I didn’t know. She’s so stingy. It’s not fair! She only
told us to give her food. We were careful and did exactly what
Mrs. Proper asked.” I could tell Megan was angry!
Mom tried to make things better. “Next time you need to ask
her if she has any other instructions before she leaves.”
“I’m not going to do anything for her again!” Then Megan
looked at Mom. “Okay, Mom, I’ll try again.”
A few weeks later Mrs. Proper was going to her lake cottage
for a whole week. She asked Megan and Bobbie to take care of
her cat again. That time Megan was trying to be careful. “Please
write down what you want me to do so I don’t forget anything,
Megan fed the cat at the right times each day. She gave her
water and even talked to the cat for a while. She couldn’t wait for
Mrs. Proper to get home and pay her five dollars.
As soon as Megan saw Mrs. Proper’s car in the driveway, she
went over there. “Hi! I did everything you wrote down. Could I
have my money?”
Mrs. Proper was taking her huge suitcase out of the trunk.
“Give me a few minutes to get settled, and I’ll call you. You did
remember to change the litter box, didn’t you?”
“Litter box? You didn’t write litter box on your list!” Megan
came running home. She was crying.
“What’s wrong with you?” Mom stopped Megan as she started
to go to her room.
“Now Mrs. Proper made another rule for the cat. Mom, she’s
not fair. I’m never working for her again! She makes up new rules
every time. I think she does it so she doesn’t have to pay me!” Mom
gave her a hug. Then Mom went to see Mrs. Proper.
Mom came back with four dollars and gave them to Megan.
“Mrs. Proper said her whole house smelled when she got home
and that you didn’t deserve the whole five dollars.”
When Megan took the four dollars, she asked, “Mom, does God
make up new rules all the time?”
“Why would you ask that?”
“Well, Mrs. Proper seems so perfect, and you said that God is
perfect. I wonder if He makes up new rules all the time like Mrs.
“Oh, never.” Mom sounded sure. “God made up His mind in
the beginning. He never changes what is right and wrong. His
rules are called commandments.”
“Like the Ten Commandments?” Megan asked. Then she said
she had heard of them.
Mom nodded. “Yes, those are God’s great laws. They’re written
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down for us to know exactly what God expects.”
“I’m glad, because new rules make things very confusing and
“I understand how you feel, Megan, but you don’t have to feel
that way about God’s laws. They’ll never change, and we have
them written down.”
James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (KJV).
1. Does God ever change what is right or wrong?
2. What does God call His rules?
3. How can you know what is right or wrong?