Please All, and You Will Please None

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

Have you ever read Aseop’s fable, “The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey”? The famous missionary C. T. Studd quoted this fable when he was receiving criticism. I must admit, I sometimes think of this story when I read various comments on my Facebook. It seems it doesn’t matter what I post, even if just a photograph, somebody will criticize it in some way or make negative comments. I guess some people aren’t happy unless they are being negative. In case you haven’t read it, here is the fable:

The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?”

So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

Well, the Man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yours—you and your hulking son?”

The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the Donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the Donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and [with] his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.

“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:

PLEASE ALL, AND YOU WILL PLEASE NONE.

Yes—please all, and you will please none! I never try to please all—but I do my best to please my Creator, Lord, and Savior in all I do. And that’s what helps keep me going—knowing that I’m doing what the Lord has called me to do, despite the attacks and the negativity from even fellow believers.

Colossians 3:17 was one of my father’s favorite verses—and he applied this daily. What an example he was for his family.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

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