Power in Your Hands

by Ray Reuter on October 5, 2017

High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Every so often, he ventured down into the nearby village to entertain the locals with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to use psychic powers to tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.

A few young boys from the village decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities. One boy decided that he would capture a bird and hide it in his hands. He knew, of course, that the wise old man would know that the object in his hands was a bird.

The boy came up with a plan. He would ask the old man if the bird was dead or alive. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands and kill it. If the wise man said the bird was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird fly free. In this way, the boy would prove the old man to be a fraud.

The following week, the wise old man came down from the mountain into the village. The boy quickly caught a bird and cupping it out of sight in his hands. He walked up to the wise old man and asked, “Old man, what do I have in my hands?”

The wise old man said, “You have a bird,” and he was right.

The boy then asked, “Old man, old man tell me, is the bird alive or is it dead?”

The wise old man looked at the boy and said, “The bird is as you choose it.”

The power is in your hands — as a parent, spouse, leader, worker, servant. God has blessed you with breath, with life. So what? Now what! What will you do with it?

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Patrick October 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

To be right… or to do right? Makes me remember Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have today set before you life and good, death and evil.” verse 19 continues… “Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to Him.”


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