By Gary Payne
Once upon a time there was a family who owned a
beautiful German Shepherd. It was a good dog, except for one thing
-- it always gave the neighbor's pet rabbit the evil eye.
Then, one day the inevitable happened. Looking
across the fence they say their dog with its teeth clamped around
the lifeless body of their bunny, shaking it back and forth for all
It just so happened that the neighbors were gone
for vacation. So, the owners of the German Shepherd devised a plan.
They took the rabbit and gave it a bath. They washed all the blood
and dirt of its white coat. For the finishing touch they blow-dried
its fur. Then, they stuck it back in the cage.
The next day the rabbit's owner and dog's
owner were out in their yards. The rabbit's owner said to the
other, "You know, the strangest thing happened to our rabbit." "Oh?"
came the reply. "Yeah. Our rabbit died before we left. We buried
him. And for the life of us we can't figure out how he got back in
We are taught to make every effort to add the
grace of virtue. [II Peter 1:5]. Virtue means moral courage. It
involves honesty and integrity, especially when it would be easier
to tell a white lie or make excuses.
The Christian life demands such character. God is
seeking to build better people out of us. Wouldn't be great if
everyone had such character?
Meadowbrook Church of Christ, Anderson, IN, Feb. 24, 1991.