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A Pig In Pearls

There once was a farmer who awakened every day joyous about being a farmer. He loved raising chickens, pigs and cows and growing crops. He loved the planting, he loved watching the seedlings grow, he loved the harvest time, he loved the rain and he even loved the droughts. He loved everything about being a farmer.

One day as he was passing the pig pen, he happened to notice that one of his pigs was significantly larger than the others. So he separated this pig from the others and treated the pig as his pet. He took the pig and cleaned him up and put a leash on him. Wherever he went the pig went with him, he shared is his meals with the pig. The pig became his best friend.  While out in town one day he had a custom pearl collar made for his best friend, his companion, his loyal pig. To him this was no ordinary pig, this was his friend.

One day the pig leash snapped and the pig took off running to the pig pen and jumped the gate splashing down in the mud, feces and slop. When he looked at the pig he looked happy, he suddenly realized that he had to leave the pig in the pen where he was the most at home. He noticed the pearl collar was still on the neck of the pig and now, it too was covered in mud, feces and slop. He began to fill silly for taking something of such great value and giving it to a pig. This pig who was neither equipped with nor possessed the desire to appreciate anything of great value. This great gift had come by way of the sacrifice of someone who wanted better for the pig.

To some, this story may seem funny but we do this all of the time. There are times in life we take the great pearls of our wisdom and experience and place them around the neck of a pigs. I know this seems harsh and judgemental but sometimes the truth can be that way because it has to be. I write this so that we will be careful and discerning of who we share our pearls (things of great value) with.

Here’s the takeaway…. you can easily recognize pigs in most cases. Pigs are the happiest when they are in the middle of, creating and neck-deep in mud (dirt) slop (anything messy) and feces. These are the people who are not just in it but when they don’t see it they will work to create a pig pen wherever they are. All of us know people like this and I share this simply to say don’t cast your gifts of great value to someone who doesn’t have the slightest intent of hearing or accepting it.

You see whether you like it or not WE are all farmers in some sense. My question is this, how many pigs are wearing your pearls?

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