A little bird was flying south for the winter. He got so cold that he froze up and fell to the ground in a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped manure on the little bird. As he lay there in the manure, the bird began to realize how warm he was. The manure was actually thawing him out!
He lay there warm and happy, but soon he began to complain about the odor. A passing cat heard the little bird complaining. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of manure and promptly dug him out – and then ate him.
The moral of the story is that not everyone who drops manure on you is your enemy (sometimes they are even unaware they’ve done it) and not everyone who digs you out is your friend. So instead of complaining when you’re in a miserable situation, know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you ever made a friend in a time of adversity? Or Has a time of adversity shown you who your real friends are or aren’t?