Good people and tough times . . !

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A butcher is really surprised to see a dog coming inside his shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back, so he goes over to the dog and notices it has a note in its mouth. It reads, “Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please? The dog has money in its mouth, as well.” The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten dollar note there. So, he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog’s mouth.

His interest piqued, he decides to shut his shop and follow the dog. The dog walks casually to a bus stop. The butcher is in awe, as the dog stops a bus by pulling its left leg up and gets in it. The butcher follows the dog into the bus. The dog shows a ticket which is tied to its belt to the bus conductor.

The dog then sits near the driver’s seat and as soon as it’s stop is in sight it stands and wags its tail to inform the conductor, then, jumps off the bus and runs to a house very close to the stop. It opens a big iron gate and rushes inside towards the door. As it approaches the wooden door, the dog suddenly changes its mind and heads towards the garden. It goes to the window, and beats its head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.

The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts scolding the dog, shouting and grumbling at him. The butcher surprised with this, runs up, and stops the guy. “What in heaven’s name are you doing? The dog is a genius!” To which the guy responds: “You call this clever? This is the second time this week he’s forgotten his key!”

Even as I laughed at the hilarious end and the comment that the owner made, something struck me: The butcher who was following the dog saw an owner who didn’t appreciate his dog in spite of it being so clever, but think again, wasn’t it the same man who painstakingly trained his dog to be so bright? Didn’t such an owner have a right to expect hundred per cent perfection?

Aren’t we a lot like the butcher when we react and ask God why in spite of being good and honest and faithful, we still face disciplining from Him? Well I’m sure it’s time we realize we are being trained to be perfect and that even when the world looks at us and wonders why good people like us are going through tough times, we need to know we are one of the chosen few He is training us to perfection..!

 

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