Recently, Jim Newsome spoke at our church and related this modern fable by George Reavis.
Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something to help their children face the problems of the world, so they organized a school. They had adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects. …
The duck was excellent in swimming. In fact, he was even better than his teacher. But he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his webbed feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school so nobody worried about that, except the duck…. (more…)
Most parents today would say that their goal for their children is “happiness.” Unfortunately, the end result of that journey to “happiness” most often ends in disappointment. The kids grow up to drift from one thing to another, many move back home, and the elusive butterfly of happiness is farther away than ever. As Christians, the path is not so mysterious. (more…)