We have been reading the fairy tale, The Little Red Hen, in Miss Marilyn’s class.
The basic story line goes something like this:
While pecking, the hen finds some seeds. She asks her friends, the lazy dog, the sleepy cat, and the noisy yellow duck to help her plant them. “Not I”, they each reply.They all decline to help. Then she asks them for help to cut the wheat then grind it into flour then bake it into bread, all to no avail. Her friends would not help, so she does all the work totally on her own. When asked if they would help her eat it, each of their answer rapidly changes to “I will!” Well, she was a pretty quick chick. It didn’t take her long to answer, “No, I will!” And she ate it all herself.
The moral of the story:
If you don’t do the work, you don’t get the bread.
A great concept.
I wish our nation’s government abided by this little childhood tale when it came to federal programs.
Funny, most everyone seems to want something for nothing these days. We live in an era of entitlement. But God’s own word tells us differently. That’s not the way it was supposed to be.
Let’s all carry our own load. Take care of what God has blessed each of us with in this lifetime. Then help others, especially widows and orphans, those who sincerely need a helping hand. Not a hand out. There’s a big difference between the two. If we all would pitch in our fair share, we could help each other, then reap the benefits of a job completed. Remember the little red hen.
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
2 Thesolonian 3:10-12
Love and laughter,