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That’s the Reason Why

Early on the fifth day of creation, God created the horse. He said to the horse, "Today, I have created you! As a horse, you must go to the field and work all day long under the sun! I will give you a life span of 50 years."

The cow objected. "What?" This kind of tough life you want me to live for 50 years? Let me have 20 years, and the 30 I'll give back to you."

So God agreed.

On the same day, God created the dog. God said to the dog, "What you are supposed to do is to sit all day by the door of your house. Anything that comes in, you will have to bark at it! I'll give you a life span of 20 years."

The dog objected. "What? All day long to sit by the door? No way! I'll do it for 10 years and you can have my other 10 back."

So God agreed.

Later that evening God created the monkey. He said to the monkey, "Monkeys have to be entertainers. You've got to make the man I created laugh by doing monkey tricks. I'll give you a 20 year life span."

The monkey objected. "What? Make man laugh? Do monkey faces and tricks? 10 years will do, and the other 10 years I'll give back to you."

So God agreed.

On the sixth day, God created man and said to him, "Your job is to sleep, eat, and play. You will enjoy things very much in your life. For this kind of life, I'll give you a 20 year life span."

The man objected. "What? Such a good life! Sleep, eat, play, do nothing? All this and only 20 years to do it? Let's make a deal? Since the horse gave you back 30 years, and the dog gave back 10 years, and the monkey gave back 10 years, why don't you give all those years to me? That would make my life span 70 years, right?

So God agreed.

And that's the reason why...

In our first 20 years, we sleep, eat, play, and enjoy the best and do nothing much. For the next 30 years, we work all day long, suffer, and get to support our family. For the next 10 years, we entertain our grandchildren by making monkey faces and doing monkey tricks. And for the last 10 years, we stay at home, sit on the front porch and bark at anybody who comes near!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward