The Gentle Touch


English: Cow and calf

English: Cow and calf (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some city boys were living on a farm during vacation time. One day, a calf got out of the barn and the three of them were trying to get it back in. So one of them pulled on its little horns and the other two pushed him from behind. But the more they pulled and pushed, the more the calf just stiffened its legs and stood there.
The farmer’s young daughter came along and watched them. She smiled, walked over to the calf, and put her finger into its mouth. As the calf sucked her finger, it willingly walked into the barn.
The boys scratched their heads in wonder. They had used the wrong approach. They had insisted on doing what they wanted, completely disregarding what the calf wanted. The farm girl played the other angle: she gave the calf what it wanted, and it followed her willingly.

— William Barclay

Last night, I was feeling pretty bummed and depressed. And when that happens, I start thinking about all the sad things that have happened or have been happening in my life. I’ve been trying to get rid of this bad habit for some time now, but hey, I’m only human. Every once in a while, I suffer a relapse. Anyway, so I was feeling sad, and I started praying – asking God for what I think will make me happier. This story is a good reminder for me, for us, that in life, we are not the boss… God is. Like the boys in the story, we like to insist our own way – we treat God as our genie, someone to just grant our wishes and desires. But as the bible says, “Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you.” (Job 22:21)

Lord, grant me the spirit of obedience and submission to Your will.

A New Year Resolution is Like an Egg


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A poor lady found an egg, called her three children together, and told them, “Children, from now on we’ll have nothing to worry about. See, I have found an egg.. and here is what we’re going to do with it. We are not going to eat it, but put it under our neighbor’s hen and it will hatch out into a little chick.

And we won’t eat that little chick either. She’ll grow up, lay eggs, and hatch them. Then we’ll have plenty of eggs chickens and plenty of eggs.

But we won’t eat either the chickens or the eggs; we’ll sell them and buy a calf. We’ll raise the calf into a cow. Then the cow will have many calves and soon we’ll have a herd of cows. We’ll sell the cows and buy a farm… then we’ll keep buying and selling, buying and selling…”

The lady was speaking with so much excitement, that she dropped the egg on the floor…

Many new year resolutions are like that: people dream up a lot of ideal promises but many of them never even last until January the second. They are like that broken egg…

 

— Willi Hoffsuemmer