Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

  Encourage one another!

The other day a friend of mine sent me this story. I know we all need a bit of encouragement every once in a while. As a matter of fact, I see people needing encouragement just by reading their blogs. So here is a little story that kind of puts it all into perspective.

A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and is wife opening a package. "What food might this contain?" 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." 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 that you are in my prayers." The mouse turned to the cow. She 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 that 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. Now 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; And so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. In the book of Genesis, Cain said about Able his brother to our God: "Am I my brother's keeper?" We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and be willing to make that extra effort to encourage one another.

Author Unknown

I hope this helps. And remember, "Don't tell God how big your storms are, tell your storms how big your God is!" God bless, Joe

Encourage one another!


At 12:12 PM, Blogger whaaaat! said...

I think we need to listen to the Holy Spirit leading us to help and encourage others. Not only can God bless others through these acts of kindness, but we receive a blessing as well. Don't miss out.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger PA said...

joe, thanks for encouraging me. I don't know if I am discouraged... or just bored with stuff right now... or maybe just to defensive. This is definitely a weird time in my life as I try to look optimistically at a pessimistic situation.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Jot said...

Great post, Joe... as usual! Reminds me of one of my favorite passages of Scripture...

Peace, love and the encouragement of brethren...


"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
- James 2:14-17

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Cav said...

I had heard this story before, but hearing it again always paints a good picture. From one goofball christian to another. :)

At 1:17 AM, Blogger Deek Deekster said...

Joe, ""The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -E. E. Cummings"

Actually, the quote is:

"the most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -e. e. cummings

he didn't use CAPITALS !! :)

At 7:16 AM, Blogger JOE B said...

Thanks for the info, I will make the changes.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Marinade Dave said...

Nice little "tail."

At 8:34 PM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

Good Story. Thanks


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