Monday, June 1, 2009

Don't be a Chicken, a Pig or a Cow !!!!

Without revealing someone's personal struggles, I can not tell the exact details about the receipt of this little story (below). Just to summarize, I was, at the very moment it was received, sitting in a parking lot waiting to meet someone who was willing to help out another someone who they didn't really even know. It was a family member of my own who was, as a favor to me and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, (if I know him like I think I know him) to bring glory to God's name who answered the call to assist someone with a great need and no means to meet it at the time. As I sat waiting to meet this family member and take him to the proper location, I received the story below in an email. I am so thankful to this person (you know who you are) for putting aside everything (personal feelings, time restraints, his own "to-do" list, etc.) to help someone out. It is in those times, when we simply answer the call, that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone. Yet how often do we see a need and turn our heads thinking perhaps that someone else will handle it or, like the chicken, the pig or the cow, just decide that it's not our problem.
A Mouse Story With A Moral

A mouse looked through the crack
in the wall to see the farmer and
his wife open a package.

What food might this contain?'
The mouse wondered - - -
he was devastated to discover it
was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard,
the mouse proclaimed the warning :

There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!'

The chicken clucked and scratched,
raised her head and said,

'Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern
to you, but it is of no consequence
to me.I cannot be bothered by it.'

The mouse turned to
the pig and told him,

'There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!'

The pig sympathized, but said, I am
so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there
is nothing I can do about it but pray.

Be assured you are in my prayers.'

The mouse turned to
the cow and said

'There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!'

The cow said, 'Wow, Mr. Mouse.
I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin
off my nose.'

So, the mouse returned to the
house, head down and dejected,
to face the farmer's mousetrap . . .
alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout
the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching
its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see
what was caught. In the darkness,
she did not see it was a venomous
snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever
with fresh chicken soup, so the
farmer took his hatchet to the
farmyard for the soup's main
ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued,
so friends and neighbors came to
sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer
butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well;
she died.

So many people came for her funeral,
the farmer had the cow slaughtered to
provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from
his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone
is facing a problem and think it
doesn't concern you,
remember ----
when one of us is threatened,
we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra
effort to encourage one another.



Thank the people that have EVER HELPED YOU OUT AND
LET THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE.
REMEMBER. . . . . .
EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD
In another PERSON'S TAPESTRY;

OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

One of the best things to hold
onto in this world is a FRIEND

1 comment:

Niki Ary said...

Kelley,
What a great reminder! We are called as Christians to show care and concern for others. This reminds me of Paul's instructions to the church found in Philippians 2: 3-11, "3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Thank you for taking the time to share this important truth.
God Bless,

Niki