There was once a farmer that kept all sorts of barnyard animals. Of all these animals, the pig was his favorite. He loved the pig so much that he decided to distinguish it from all the others. So, he went into town and asked the goldsmith to craft the most beautiful ring. The farmer then proudly put the ring on the pig’s snout.
The pig looked almost handsome wearing the golden nose ring. However, even with the new honor, it continued to do what all pigs have an instinct to do – dipping it’s snout in all sorts of murky places.
The farmer was heart broken. Should he choose a more self-respecting animal from his barn to wear the nose ring? Should he remove the ring from the pig’s snout and keep it for himself? Could he trust the pig to change its ways?
Think not that life has been unfair
and given you too much to bear…
for God has choosen you because
with all your weaknesses and flaws
He feels that you are worth of
the greatness of His wondrous love.
welcome every stumbling block
and every thorn and jagged rock,
for each one is a stepping stone
to a fuller life than we’ve ever known,
and in the radiance of God’s smiles
we learn to soar above life’s trials.
and as we grow in strength and grace
the clearer we see God’s face.
by helen steiner rice