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When Dung Hits The Bird
by Stephen A. Peterson
04/23/06
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When Dung Hits The Bird
© 2006
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Stephen A. Peterson


While on his way to Liberal, Kansas from his Mexican winter home, a purple martin landed in a hay barn in Shawnee, Oklahoma to rest up, get a drink of water and catch a bite to eat. As he walked around the barn floor filling up on mosquitoes, the purple martin was hit and covered with a heavy, brown, smelly substance. Unable to fly off, the bird wailed and cussed over the circumstance of his situation.

Within minutes, the purple martin realized, three cows had simultaneously defecated on him as he was eating dinner. Now very angry, the bird turned the brunt of his anger towards these cows. “How dare they do this to me while I’m eating! Who in the heck do they think they are! Dumb, stupid cows! Freaken’ idiots!”

Soon the day turned to night. As the temperature dropped to freezing, the purple martin quickly felt the benefits of these three cows’ handiwork. The warmth of their dung insulated the bird to such a great extent that he began chirping with happiness and delight.

Also out that evening was the farmer’s cat. Hearing the bird’s chirps, he immediately went over to the pile of dung, dug into it and ate the unsuspecting purple martin.

The moral of this short tale is—Not everyone who dumps on you is your enemy and not everyone who digs you out of a mess is your friend. If you are angry and discontented or warm and happy in a pile of dung, then keep your mouth shut, live through your circumstance, then quietly seek first the help of God then the confidence and unconditional love of a Godly individual. Cursing, cussing and swearing about your circumstance is an example of an immature, short sighted, lazy minded person seeking people to attend to a pity party. Know that seeking attention for your pity party will get you more dung piled on or eaten alive by predators that appear to be coming to your assistance but are actually out to eat you alive!

Now do you understand why Jesus Christ commanded you to love unconditionally every one—including your enemies—and rejoice when they give you a hard time?


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Lisa Earnest 27 Jun 2011
Funny and so true! I actually read this while my daughter watched "Garfield" so it had a funky beat to it as I read. Perfection!
tanya Johnson 26 Jun 2011
thanx, needed that laugh. That was good
Elizabeth Hexberg 29 Jun 2008
This is a very cool story and I love the 'humility 'aspect of it. Also very true. Gteat writing. God Bless you. Elizabeth.
Shell Murphy 10 Apr 2008
This was great, A great thought, as well as a wonderful execution.
Crystal Dueck 25 Nov 2006
WoWoW~ was that funny or what! I loved that entirely! Good job. And a good lesson to it too. ~Crystal~
valerie chambers 26 Aug 2006
the title alone made me crack-up but when I read the story WOW -makes a good point alot to think about




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