Anyone who knows me(PJ), knows I am a story teller (used to get me in all kinds of trouble as a kid). But, I feel I am in good company, because Jesus was a story teller – that’s where we get our parables in Scripture. Today, I would like to share with you a little story that I feel packs a “hefty” lesson:
A young boy asked his dad for a puppy of his own. One of the Dad’s cattle dogs had just given birth and that youngster was sure that one of the puppies should belong to him. Dad looked into his son’s eyes and said, “Son, if you are old enough to have a puppy of your own, you are old enough to dock your puppy’s tail.” The boy said that of course he could “dock his puppy’s tail.” Dad handed him a knife and hammer; reminded him how to quickly cut off the puppy’s tail; and sent him off to the barn. Dad listened… “Yelp”… Dad was proud, his son was growing up… then Dad heard: “yelp, yelp, yelp”. Dad took off on a dead run to the barn. “What’s wrong?” There was his son, tears running down his face… “Daddy, I thought it would hurt less if I cut his tail off one piece at a time.” Oooh… ouch!
We often think if we “let go” of things a little bit at a time that it won’t hurt so bad – nothing could be further from the truth. If, we, and that means all of us, don’t let go of the “things” that hinder us; we will quickly find ourselves in bondage-being bound by the very things we are hanging onto. We will find ourselves still in bondage to the things of the past (like bitterness, un-forgiveness, old hurts…); we will not be free of the addictions we so desperately hate; we will still be entangled in bad relationships; and so on. Furthermore, indulging in “one last” anything is usually disastrous. I have, too many times, seen “one last bang” bring total death and destruction. As the words say in a song in a popular Disney movie: “Let it go, Let it go, Let it go!” And if you are like me, you will never be able to do it by yourself: So, get help – get help from God and man… Do whatever it takes to “cut off” anything that holds you back from the full, vibrant life God wants you to have! Just food for thought, PJ