A Living Sacrifice
A while back I read the old story of the cow and the
pig, where the pig complains to the cow about how
unpopular he is: "Sure, you give milk and cream, but
I give even more, I give bacon and ham and bristles;
people even pickle my feet! But they're always
talking about your gentleness and kind eyes.
Why is this?"
The cow thought for a minute and said, "Maybe it's
because I GIVE WHILE I'M STILL LIVING."
Those words gave me pause, I'd just written my will
and done an inventory of all my assets, deciding
where everything should go. But then I started to look
around. Our church needed a new organ and a new
parking lot. I knew some children in the neighborhood
who had birthdays coming up. The newspaper alerted
me to the needs of an animal shelter and a local
scholarship fund. 'Be like a cow,' I thought.
That was 10 years ago. Yes, of course, I have a will
and there are still a few assets to distribute. But in the
meantime I'm enjoying being a cow -- not a pig.
The above article caused me to stop and think --
am I a cow or a pig? What and to whom am I giving?
Often our time and energies are given to worldly and
material things. We mean to spend time with our
kids, we mean to call our mothers, and we mean to
read the Word and pray. Before we know it our day
is spent and we're just too tired; we'll do it tomorrow.
Mother Teresa said, "There is more hunger for love
and appreciation in this world than for bread. " In our
fast-paced, materialistic world, hearts are crying out
to be loved. Love isn't necessarily measured by the
'things' we can give -- love is measured by the time
and attention we invest in one another.
...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and
with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.
[ Olga Stojicevie -- from Tidings@GAgirl.com ]
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