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Silly Sheep

On a cold day one winter, Joe was sliding on a frozen pond when the ice broke. Luckily he was able to get out of the water and crawl to safety. He went home in his wet clothes almost frozen. His mother asked him why he was sliding on the ice. "Because all the other boys did," he answered. She gave him some dry clothes and something warm to drink. Then she told him a story.

"When I was a little girl, Joe, my father had a great flock of sheep. One day a big ram jumped through a hole in the fence. He was followed by all the other sheep. When the ram tumbled into the bottom of an old well where father used to throw rubbish, the next sheep never stopped to see what had become of him. He jumped in right after the ram, and so did the next one and the next and so on. The sheep kept jumping into the well until it was full. Then father began to pull them out as best he could. The sheep at the bottom of the well were almost smothered to death."

"What silly sheep!" exclaimed Joe. Then suddenly a look of discernment came over his face, and he smiled at his mother. He had gotten the point of the story.

If we simply follow others without watching where we are going, we may very well land in some trouble. The book of Psalms opens with some timeless wisdom on this subject.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly
nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not whither;
and whatever he does shall prosper."Psalm I : 1-3

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward