Some years ago I developed a story character and called him Captain Hawk! He was an old sea captain who was always off on some adventure somewhere throughout the world. I told these stories to my congregations and wherever the captain and his crew were invited to share a story or inspirational message. We told stories on radio and in print as well. Let’s have some fun and see what we can come up with here! We live in times where we need to stay focused and keep it real. There are a lot of folks who are losing it emotionally and spiritually and need a good friend to come along side of them with some words of hope. Are you the kind of person who knows how to be an encourager? People are torn down in lots of ways throughout the week and they don’t need more criticism or bashing. Let me get busy finding some positive stuff that the “Captain” can share with you to lift you up! You can help me by leaving a message and maybe your own story or a bit of it right here. Maybe we can talk about that mate as we do a little chatting and spiritual investigation on some of our voyages. You can post a message below and we’ll take it from there. Be back soon!

Are you smarter than a monkey?

“Do you know how hunters of old used to trap monkeys?” A man asked his child.

“Rather than chasing them up a tree or shooting arrows from below, they’d put a heavy glass jar with a narrow neck on the floor, which had the monkeys’ favorite food inside.

They’d then step back and hide, waiting for the unsuspecting animal to approach.

When it did, the monkey would reach inside, clench a fist around the food, and try to pull it out. However, the narrow neck of the jar would stop the poor monkey from getting its hand out!

It’d pull and pull, but to no avail. There was simply no way to get its hand out of the jar without releasing the food.

Rather than letting go, though, the monkey would persevere, refusing to drop its dinner.

The hunters would then approach and catch it to enjoy a meal of their own.”

“Don’t be like that monkey,” warned the man, “In life, to fight another day and grow as a person, you must know when to quit, when to move on, and when to let go of whatever’s holding you back.”

Moral of the story:

Sometimes you have to let go and give up what you have now in order to receive something better in the future. Don’t let stubbornness be your downfall!

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