The screeching of school bus brakes slowly come to a stop making way for the hissing of giant air-locked doors. Kids pour out of the bus, running home for after school snacks and homework. “Don’t forget we have that history test tomorrow, Blake,” Sawyer reminds his best friend who luckily lives next door.
“Yeah, I’ll study tonight after dinner. I want to shoot some hoops right now. Do you want to play?” Blake asks.
“I would love to but after my last history test, I feel like I need to put a bit more into my studying this time around.” Sawyer says back.
“I sit next to nerdy-Norman, so I always ace my history tests,” Blake admits with a laugh. You should move up to sit on the other side of him. He never covers his paper.” Blake shoots his ball into the air, catches it, and shoots again as if someone is coming to steal the ball.
“I’m too scared to get caught, Blake. Plus, it’s a sin to cheat and be dishonest. I’m going to do this the right way,” Sawyer says humbly. “Don’t you remember what they said at youth group last week? ‘The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.’”
“You’re right Soysauce, I’ll study after dinner,” Blake jokes. He gives everyone nick-names and Sawyer is never offended by it. “See you later man.”
The next day, the boys both look confident when their teacher sits the tests face-down on their desks. Sawyer knows he is ready because he spent two hours the night before, studying. Their teacher tells them to flip the tests over and begin. About half-way through the test, Sawyer looks up at the clock to see how he is doing for time. He can hardly believe his eyes when he witnesses Blake copying Norman’s answers to his test! Sawyer feels sad for Blake, and hurt, because his friend lied to him about planning to study after dinner. Blake looks like he’s not even trying to come up with his own answers.
And Sawyer isn’t the only one who notices. Their history teacher, Mrs. Hurley, is standing in the back of the room watching Blake copy off of Norman. When everyone turns in their tests, Mrs. Hurley asks Blake to take his test to the principal’s office. He walks past Sawyer with his head down, Sawyer notices a big red “F” written on his paper with the words “CHEAT” in capital letters.
After school, Sawyer and Blake exit the school bus. “Are you ok, Blake?” Sawyer asks.
“No, I got suspended and have to retake the test on Monday in detention,” Blake answers, sounding very ashamed and embarrassed. “My parents are going to be furious. I’m really feeling like my inner light was snuffed out for choosing to not take the righteous path, like you did.”
“Let me know if you want to study later,” Sawyer offers.
“I’ll take you up on that this time,” Blake says with a smile.
Weekly Bible Verse: The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. -Proverbs 13:9 NIV
Note to Nibble: Snuff out sin and shine brightly by making wise choices.