More than a Fable

Outside of the Bible authors. the most quoted individual in history might not be Shakespeare but a former Greek slave turned philosopher, Aesop.  One of my favorites is of a dog with a bone in his teeth crossing a wooden bridge.  He was doing fine until he looked into the water and caught a reflection of himself.  Thinking it was another dog with a second bone, he decided he needed that dog’s bone as well.  When he leaned over and snapped at the dog beneath him, the bone fell into the water and was lost.  Foolish dog!  The life lesson: be careful you don’t lose what you have trying to get more.

Recently I’ve heard of the exciting successes of several fellow authors and speakers in the Christian realm.  And for a brief moment that ugly green monster inside of me gnawed at my craw, demanding to be heard.  Then I remembered the Aesop fable and of one of my favorite scripture verses, Hebrews 13:5,(NIV)  “Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”

And I fell to my knees confessing my greed to my Savior and recalled all He has given me, gifts so undeserved. Time to break out the bubbly elixir of praise, not as a sacrifice but as a privilege.  (Hebrews 13:15)

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