You Can’t Please Everyone

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An old fable, that has been passed down for generations, tells about an elderly man who was travelling with a boy and a donkey.

Donkey grazing

As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The village-folk said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal’s back.

When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal’s back and continued on his way.

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In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again.

In the fourth village, the people were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people.

The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road!


Reflection

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We smile, but the story makes a good point:

We can’t please everybody all of the time and if we try, we end up carrying an impossible burden. Well-meaning people may offer us advice, and much of it is valuable. But when we try to do everything others want us to do, we can quickly become frustrated and confused. That’s why we need to remember that the one we must please, above all others, is Jesus Christ. We do that by obeying God’s Word.

Have you carried any donkeys lately? You don’t have to if you are trying to please Jesus.