The Following was shared in a Sunday School lesson by James Edlin: writer, professor of Biblical Literature and Languages and dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas
I hope you find it as inspiring as I do!
A Hen, a Mouse, and a Rabbit
An old Persian fable tells of a hen, a mouse, and a rabbit who lived together
in a little house. They were all happy and contented because they share all the
work. The rabbit cooked the meals. The chicken carried the firewood. The mouse
brought the water from the brook.
One day while the hen was going for wood, a busybody crow asked her what she
was doing. When she told him, the crow complained that she was doing the hardest
work. The hen couldn’t get that thought out of her mind, and told the others, “I
do the hardest work. We ought to change jobs.” Discontent spreads, and the rabbit and mouse soon thought they were doing the hardest work. They agreed to change jobs: The mouse would cook, the rabbit would gather firewood, and the hen would bring in the water.
As the rabbit hopped into the woods, a fox trailed him, caught him, and ate
him. When the chicken put the pail in the water, the current pulled the pail
under and the chicken drowned. The mouse, sitting on the edge of a pot of soup,
was wondering what took them so long when he lost his balance and fell in.
Through complaining and discontent, all three lost not only their happiness but
Keep things in perspective! Until next time have a blessed week, Joe