A pastor was walking down the street when he came upon a group of boys, all of them between the ages of 10 and 12. The group had surrounded a dog. Concerned that the boys might be hurting the dog, he went over and asked, “What are you doing with that dog?”
One of the boys replied, “This dog is a neighborhood stray but we all want him, and we know only one can take him home. That’s why we decided that whoever can tell the biggest lie can have the dog.”
Of course the pastor was taken aback. “You boys shouldn’t be having a contest of telling lies!” he exclaimed then launched into a ten minute sermon about lying starting with, “Don’t you boys know it’s a sin to lie?” He then ended with, “Why when I was your age, I never told a lie.”
There was dead silence for about a half-minute. Just when the pastor starting to think he’d gotten through, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh, pointed at the pastor and said, “All right, give him the dog.”
Sometimes we Christians take our faith lightly while taking ourselves way too seriously. Truth is, the opposite should be true.
Prescription? The understanding that you and I aren’t nearly as important as we like to think so – yet Jesus gave everything for us because He loves us anyway. That reminds me…