Long Handle Spoons
By: Author Unknown
A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell."
They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.
"Come, now I will show you heaven," the Lord said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first -- the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. "I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?"
The Lord smiled, "Ah, it is simple," he said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."
Sep 19, '02
Ooooooooooo........so beautiful, Brownie! So so true as well! I'll have to share this one with others I know who would appreciate its meaning. Thanks for sharing it. :kiss
I just finished reading a book this morning titled "When The Glass Slipper Doesn't Fit" by Claire Cloninger and Karla Worley. Excellent read for anyone who likes a good sense of humor, having a few laughs as you read, and gaining a wonderful life's message all at the same time.
One thing I read in the last chapter -- titled: "Someday My Prince Will Come" -- was this:
"What if this is as good as it gets?" which is a line Jack Nicholson said in one of his films."
We dream of being a princess...waiting for our prince to come...but he doesn't come for ALL of us......some prince's come pretty close to being the prince of our dreams, but for some of us.....that prince is taking a mighty long time to come fetch us. :chuckle
Every woman needs to feel she's somebody's princess. Well....in this book I've just finished reading...the last chapter reminds us that we are SOMEONE's princess. We DO have a King. And, we do have a castle (a Kingdom) that one day we will get to live in. That Kingdom has a throne....and our crown awaiteth us. The "Glass Slipper" WILL fit. There is more......so much more...than THIS life we currently live. This is our promise; our hope.
All we have to do is hold onto our faith in Him who loves us BEST...close our eyes, smile to ourselves, and hum, "Someday, My Prince Will Come." Because, you know, HE will! :kiss
What hope that gives me...what hope that should give to everyone who believes in God, and follows His Truths in this life.
But, until that day comes.....for those who believe.....we must continue living the life we are currently living.....just like Cinderella had to do until her "prince" arrived at her dwelling place with her wicked stepfamily around her as the prince placed the glass slipper on her foot. She was immediately transformed into a real Princess.
Isn't that beautiful?!!! I am a princess to my King.....and one day, I will get the chance to have a "glass slipper" (crown) placed on me. May this short story give us hope for the eternal tomorrow we as true followers of Christ will receive......not might receive...but, WILL receive! :kiss
Sep 19, '02
Very Cool, Brownms. Thank you for sharing that.