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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Be Content with What Is Yours!
By Florence Roberts
01/16/08


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Coveting means ardently desiring what belongs to another even when you probably have the same thing; it is often coupled with the willingness to take an action that will deprive your neighbor of what is his. The Ten Commandments as an infallible roadmap or a perfect guide for every life situation includes a warning against this vice. If obeyed these warnings protect all of us; individuals and nations alike.

I remember a fable I read as a child, in which a dog with a big bone is going home. He crosses a bridge and sees his shadow in the water below. The dog in the shadow seemed to have a bigger bone so he dives down in an effort to get the dog in the water’s bone. Of course he loses his bone trying to get the other bone; he goes home with nothing to eat as a result of his greed. There was no other dog or bone in the water. This is a poignant lesson for all of us to heed the admonition of being content with what is ours. The dog in the example above would have had his bone to eat had he not been greedy. A second example is having several oranges in hand and wanting other peoples. To get those that belong to others you will have to open your hand; an action which would cause you to lose what you have in your hand. The likely result is you having nothing left in your hand.

Greed and covetousness include wrong motives impelling actions that result in unfavorable outcomes. Should we not then be grateful for others’ bounty since it really affirms our bounty from God’s continuing provision for all of us? Shouldn’t we be happy and grateful for what’s given us?

Disobedience of God’s great laws carries punishment!


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Yvonne Blake 01/18/08
Aesop was a wise man, wasn't he? Did you know he lived back before Christ?
I was hoping for more of your own thoughts. Maybe you could try to write your own fables.
Keep writing.