The Parable of the Cow Pie


Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24

Read this parable in a book given to me by a friend. Thought I would share it with you.

Once upon a time there were three baby birds hatching in the security of their nest. One of the three was dissatisfied with the nest, unhappy with the feeding program, and frustrated with his comfort level due to the crowded conditions of the nest. This particular baby bird was determined to take things into his own hands and have things his own way. He began the process by loud screeching sounds and becoming increasingly restless and pushy. As he struggled, he inadvertently fell from the nest, landing in the soft grass of a farmer’s field.

The longer he laid there, the colder and hungrier he got. Increasing dissatisfaction and distress caused him to screech even louder. A mother cow heard his cry and seeing his predicament, promptly wandered over and dropped a large, steaming hot cow pie directly over the baby bird. Although warm and protected, he was still determined to have his own way and increased his vocal distress until everyone on the farm could hear him. A coyote was listening, approached cautiously, carefully lifted the baby bird out of the cow pie and promptly ate him!

There are four obvious lessons in this story:

1. We have freedom of choice, but we do not have the freedom to choose the consequences of those choices.

2. The cost of murmuring and dissatisfaction may be more than we anticipate.

3. Those who dump a cow pie on you may not have intended to do you harm.

4. Those in your life who appear to take you out of the cow pie may not intend to do you good.

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