Thursday, March 6, 2008

The devils' work

Here's an old tale that's worth re-telling:

The devil was displaying various tools his followers should use to mislead human beings. The impressive array included Pride, Hatred, Jealousy, Dishonesty and Impurity.
Next to these was a smaller, less noticeable tool. One of the minor devils asked, "What's the name of this one, and of what use can it be?"

"Oh, a most valuable instrument, I assure you," Satan answered. "It always works when the others fail. It's called Discouragement."

It's hard to go through life without getting discouraged occasionally. Yet allowing ourselves to be downhearted not only keeps us from getting our task done – whatever it may be – it prevents us from experiencing the joy our creator wants us to know.
If things are really rough, seek help. And have faith that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel!

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