An old legend tells how a man once stumbled upon a great red barn after wondering for days in a dark, overgrown forest. Seeking refuge from the howling winds of a storm that seemed to rage perpetually in the forest, he let his eyes grow accustomed to the dark and then, to his astonishment, he discovered that this was the barn where Satan kept his storehouse of seeds to be sown into human hearts. More curious than fearful, he lit a match and began to explore the piles and bins of seeds around him. He couldn't help but notice that the containers labeled "seeds of discouragement" far outnumbered any other type of seed.
Just as the man had drawn this conclusion, one of Satan's foremost
demons arrived to pick up a fresh supply of seed. The man asked him why
the great abundance of discouragement sees. The demons laughed, "Because
they are so effective and they take root so quickly!" The man then
asked, "Do they grow everywhere?" At this the demon became sullen. He
glared at the man and admitted in disgust, "No. They never seem to
thrive in the heart of a grateful person."
Be thankful for what you have, today. And trust the Lord to take car of what you don't have.
The weekly bulletin of the Macon Ave. Church of Christ, Memphis, TN; date unknown.