This is a modern day nursery story of a little red hen. “Once upon a time there was a little red hen who scratched about in the barnyard until she discovered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbors, and said, ‘if we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?’ ‘Not I,’ said the cow. ‘Not I,’ said the duck. ‘Not I,’ said the pig ‘Not I,’ said the goose. Then, I will,’ said the little red hen — and she did. The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. ‘Who will help me reap my wheat?’ asked the little red hen? ‘Not I,’ said the duck, ‘out of my classification,’ said the pig. ‘I’d lose my seniority,’ said the cow. ‘I’d lose my unemployment compensation,’ said the goose. ‘Then I will,’ said the little red hen — and she did. At last came time to bake the bread. ‘Who will help me to bake the bread? Asked the little red hen? ‘Oh, that would be overtime for me,’ said the cow. ‘I’d lose my welfare benefits,’ said the duck. ‘I’m a dropout and never learned how,’ said the pig. ‘If I’m to be the only helper, ‘That’s discrimination,’ said the goose. ‘Then, I will,’ said the little red hen. She baked five loaves, and held them up for her neighbors to see. Now, they all wanted some, and, in fact, demanded a share. But, the little red hen said, ‘No, I can eat the five loaves myself.’ ‘Excess profits,’ cried the cow. ‘Capitalistic leech,’ screamed the duck. ‘I demand equal rights,’ yelled the goose, and the pig just grunted. So, they painted unfair picket signs, and marched ’round and ’round and … her neighbors wondered why she never baked any more bread.”
People considered a farmer mean … He made his boys work in the summer cornfields, while their friends played at the swimming hole. One man scolded the father saying, “Why do you make those boys work so hard? You don’t need all that corn.” The wise father replied, “Sir, I’m not raising corn, I’m raising boys.
After lightning struck on old shed, a farmer was relieved because now he didn’t have to tear it down. The rain cleaned off his car and that saved him from having to wash it. When asked what he was doing now, he replied, “I’m waiting for an earthquake to shake the potatoes out of the ground.”
The story is told of a bunch of frogs that lived on a farm. The frogs became unhappy because they noticed that not one of them was really a leader. So, they began complaining to the farmer over and over. The farmer got tired of listening to the complaints, so one day he threw a log into the pond. He said, “There you go, there is your leader.” Now the frogs were happy. After a while however, the frogs noticed that their leader never did anything. He just floated there and moved wherever the wind blew. So the frogs eventually became unhappy, and they started complaining to the farmer again. They said, “We don’t like our leader.” Well, at first the farmer ignored them, but after a while he got tired of the complaining. So, finally the farmer went out and got a white stork. He told the frogs, “There you go, and there is your new leader.” Now the stork, be moved around constantly. He was all the time busy and he had the frogs busy too. Well, after a while the frogs started complaining again. They were no longer happy with this new leader. This time the problem was that every now and then the stork would eat one of the frogs. The moral of the story is this: If you want to be a good leader, you must lead somewhere between a log and a stork.
God created the dog – He told the dog to sit all day by the door of the house, and bark at anyone who goes by. God said, “For that I will give you a life span of 20 years.” The dog responded, “That’s a lot of barking, is there anyway I can do that for only 10 years and give 10 years back?” God agreed.
God created the monkey – He told the monkey to entertain people, do monkey tricks, and make them laugh. God said, “For that I will give you a life span of 20 years.” The dog responded, “That’s a lot of entertaining, is there any way I can do that for only 10 years and give 10 years back?” God agreed.
God created the cow – He told the cow to work in the hot sun all day, have calves, and give milk to support the farmer. God said, “For that I will give you a life span of 40 years.” The cow responded, “That’s a lot of work, is there any way I can do that for only 20 years and give 20 years back?” God agreed.
God created humans – He told them to eat, sleep, play, marry, and just enjoy life. God said, “For that I will give you a life span of 20 years.” The humans responded, “Really, only 20 years? Is there any way we can possibly have our 20 years, plus the 20 years left over from the cow, plus the 10 years left over from the monkey, and the 10 years left over from the dog?” God said, “Okay you asked for it.” That is why, for 20 years we eat, sleep, and play; then for 40 years we work to provide for our family; then for 10 years we do monkey tricks for our grandchildren; and we spend the last 10 years sitting on the porch and barking at everyone who goes by.
A certain farmer had three sons. He wanted to turn the farm over to one of his sons. But couldn’t decide which one had the best ability. So he decided to give them a test of their ingenuity. There was a little shack out back. He gave each one $20.00 and he told them to buy whatever they could that would fill up that little shack. ONE SON … bought $20.00 worth of cheap pillow feathers. He put the feathers in the shack and as he backed out of the shack, he fluffed it up with a pitchfork. (It was about a foot deep) THE SECOND SON … bought $20.00 worth of straw. He put the straw in shack, and as he backed out of the shack He fluffed it up with a pitchfork. (It was about two foot deep) THE THIRD SON … bought a candle. He paid 50 Cents – kept the rest for his dad. As he lit the candle the whole shack was full of light.
We can only be a true light when we allow God, our father, to be the light. We need to let Him shine through us. Believe me, when we do the light of God will always fill every area of our lives, and light up the lives of those we are trying to reach.
Lucy walked up to Charlie Brown one day and said, “You know what the trouble is with you Charlie brown? Charlie responded, “No, and I don’t want to know … leave me alone. “ With that Charlie Brown walked away with his hands in his pockets. Lucy called after him, “ The whole trouble with you Charlie Brown is you won’t listen to what the whole trouble with you ”is. (Charles Shultz)