TigerAt the zoo, a man watched as an attendant
entered a wildcat cage through a door on the opposite side.  He had nothing in his hands but a broom.  Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to
sweep the floor of the cage.  The
onlooker observed that the worker had no weapon to ward off an attack by the
beast.  In fact, when he got to the
corner of the cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the
broom.  The wildcat hissed at him and
then lay down in another corner of the enclosure.

He remarked to the attendant, “You
certainly are a brave man.”

“No I ain’t brave,” he replied as
he continued to sweep.

“Well, then, that cat must be

“No,” came the reply, “he
ain’t tame.”

“If you aren’t brave and the wildcat
isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.”

The man chuckled, then replied with an air
of confidence, “Mister, he’s old — and he ain’t got no teeth.”

Some situations don’t require much
courage.  Others, however, require a
great deal of courage.  Take, for
example, the choice Daniel was given — stop praying to God or face the hungry
lions (which weren’t toothless!).  Or
Moses — live a life of luxury in the king’s palace, or align himself with
God’s people.  Or Esther — keep quiet
and not cause a commotion, or stand up against evildoers at the risk of losing
her life.

How we need such courage in our own
lives!  Courage to stand for the truth
regardless of the consequences.  Courage
to live a life where Christ comes first regardless of what others might
think.  Courage to confess the name of
God to a world which regards us as fools.

“Be of good courage, and He shall
strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” (Psa. 31:24)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith

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