For fun, I’d like to suggest two scenarios.
Here’s the plot: The parents are going out on a date, for a dinner and movie. They leave instruction with their son they would like for him to finish any homework he has and then occupy himself with constructive entertainment until they get home.
Scenario One: The son goes right to work on his math, reviews his science and covers a few pages of his English literature. With homework complete, he puts the finishing touches on a picture frame he’s making. Afterwards, he kicks back for a little video game time.
Scenario Two: As soon as the parents pull out of the drive, the son picks up his basketball and begins to shoot a few baskets. And just before he goes in the house, a couple of his buddies show up. They play until well after dark. Afterwards, he grabs a Gatorade out of the fridge, turns on the T.V. so he can cool down and sits back in his dad’s easy chair, flipping through channels.
Which son is going to mourn when he sees those fateful headlights shine in through the front room window when mom and dad pull in the drive? Same command, same conditions, different choices. Neither of the boy’s choices was unreasonable. But one acted in line with the wishes of his parents, the other followed his own.
Therefore, he was not ready when they came back.