DR. GENE MINIX
Do you remember the old fable that has been passed down for generations. It gives a strong message for sure. It tells of an elderly man who was traveling with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal's back.
When they arrived at the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to make the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal's back and continued on his way.
In the third village people accuse the child of being lazy for making the old man walk and they suggested that the man and child ride the donkey. So, the man climbed on and they set off again.
In the fourth village the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.
Now, this story makes a really good point. We can't please everybody. There is no need to try. If we do try, we just end up carrying a heavy burden that God never intended that we carry. When we try to do everything others want us to do or to do it their way, we will become frustrated and confused. We need to remember that the One we must please, above all others, is Christ. We do that by obeying God's Word.
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