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Thoughts and Reflections


Posted by WebMaster on July 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of

eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table

reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like

him tried to imitate him in any way he could..


One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like

you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as

I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?'


The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and

said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a

basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out

before he could get back to the house.


The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little

faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try



This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was

empty before he returned home.


Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to

carry water in a basket,' and he went to get a bucket instead.


The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket

of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went

out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show

his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would

leak out before he got far at all.


The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his

grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa,

it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' the old man said. 'Look at the


The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that

the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it

was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not

understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you

from the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story:

Take time to read a portion of God's word each day;

it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

Thought for Today:


God's Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings

but not its end.

I really like this story because I don't retain things too well

anymore...age may have something to do with it but I figure my brain

just gets overloaded!

God isn't concerned about my brain anyway;

He's more concerned about my heart.






In God We Trust

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