"Dare To Be Different"

On a cold winter day, Joe was sliding on a frozen pond when the ice broke. Luckily he was able to get out of the water and crawl to safety. When he arrived home in his wet clothes, almost frozen, his mother asked him why he was sliding on the ice. "Because all the other boys did," he answered. She gave him some dry clothes and something warm to drink. Then she told him a story.

"When I was a little girl, my father had a great flock of sheep. One day a big ram jumped through a hole in the fence and was followed by all the other sheep. When the ram tumbled into the bottom of an old well where my father used to throw garbage, the next sheep never stopped to see what had become of him. He jumped in right after the ram, and so did the next one and the next and so on. The sheep kept jumping into the well until it was full. Then father began to pull them out as best he could. The sheep at the bottom of the well were almost smothered to death."

"What silly sheep!" exclaimed Joe? Then suddenly a look of discernment came over his face, and he smiled at his mother. He had gotten the point of the story.

If we simply follow others without watching where we are going, we may very well land in some trouble. This applies, not only, to the eventualities of life that we deal with on a daily basis, but also in our religious endeavors, as well. We can’t just follow others and do what they do and believe what they believe. We have a responsibility to ourselves to test ourselves. What do we use as a standard? The Bible, of course.

So many, in this day and age, just follow others in religion. Are you willing to gamble your soul that someone else is right? In Exodus 23:2 Moses told the Israelites, “you shall not follow a crowd to do evil.” We must know that the teachings are correct and that the practices are scriptural. Let’s not be like “Silly Sheep.”

In Christian Love,        


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