1.The Mouse Trap:
A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening
a package; what food might it contain?
He was aghast to discover that it was a mousetrap!
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, quot;There is a mouse
trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house.quot;
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, quot;Mr. Mouse, I can
tell you this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I
cannot be bothered by it.quot;
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, quot;There is a mouse trap in the house.quot;
quot;I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse,quot; sympathized the pig, quot;but there is nothing I can
do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers.quot;
The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, quot;Like wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I
in grave danger, Duh?quot;
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer's
mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the
sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was
In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap
had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the
She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh
chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main
His wife's sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her
around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for
her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to
So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does
not concern you, remember that when the least of us is threatened, we are all at
2.Moral with story:
One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off
along the route.
No problems for the first few stops, a few people got on, a few got off, and
things went generally well.
At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like
a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground.
He glared at the driver and said, quot;Big John doesn't pay!quot; and sat down at the
The driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek... Naturally, he didn't
argue with Big John, but he wasn't happy about it.
The next day the same thing happened -Big John got on again, said quot;Big John
doesn't pay!quot; and sat down.
And the next day, and the one after that, and so forth.
This irritated the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was
taking advantage of his size.
Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building program,
karate, judo and all that good stuff.
By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; So on the next Monday, when
Big John got on the bus and said, quot;Big John doesn't pay!quot; the driver stood up,
glared back and screamed, quot;And why not?quot;
With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, quot;Big John has a Bus pass.quot;
Moral of the story: First be sure is there a problem before working hard to solve
Long time ago somewhere along the river coast lived a fisherman. He was leading a
happy and content life catching fish and selling them in a local market to earn
his livelihood. He was all alone in this world. He had lost his parents at an
early age, in a flood that swept his village. He was few of the fortunate to
On one such day, when he was in his boat catching fishes, he caught amazingly
large amount of fishes in his net. ?This is going to be my lucky day?, he thought
while heading toward the local market along with his booty. Suddenly he heard a
strange cry coming from nearby. At first he ignored it, but he heard it again,
this time somewhat sharply.? Help, help, save my life? was the cry.
The fisherman was puzzled and scared. ?This is not possible?, he thought for he
was all alone and there was no sign of any one else near by, the only possibility
was that his fish could be talking. Thinking that this could be an illusion in his
mind, he dismissed it and started walking towards the market.
As he was nearing the market, he again heard something. ?If you save my life, I
will grant you three wishes? said the voice. This time the fisherman was
absolutely sure that he heard it coming from the fish. Immediately, he emptied his
load and started looking into his booty.
Suddenly one fish stood up and started talking. ?Put me back into water, save my
life and you will have three wishes granted? said the fish. The fisherman was
scared at first and wanted to run away, but then as he took a second glance at the
small attractive fish with golden fins, he gently lifted it and put in his carry-
bottle which he always carried along with his food.
After swimming for a while in the bottle, the fish recovered and thanked the
fisherman. The fish then spoke again ?Thank you, Sir for saving my life. Now it is
my turn to keep my promise. You see I am a gifted fish and do have some magical
powers, so feel free and ask what you want without any fear. But remember you have
only 3 wishes to ask for.?
The fisherman could not believe his luck. He could not think what to ask for and
was lost. Seeing this, the fish asked ? Don?t you want to be rich, eat good food,
live in a big house, wear good clothes and live like a king? ?. Hearing this, the
fisherman was dumbstruck all he could say was ?Yes, Yes?, and nod in excitement.
The fish smiled slyly and said so be it. Suddenly a flash appeared and the
fisherman was blinded for a second. The next thing he saw was that he was
completely in a different place. He was dressed up like a king and was sitting on
a big dinning table with lots of good food and as many servants to serve him.
Suddenly he looked around for the fish and found him near his seat comfortably
lodged in a fish tank. ?Don?t worry ?said the fish I won?t leave you till I grant
your three wishes?. This made the fisherman happy.
Now his lifestyle changed completely. He would get up late in the mornings lazily
eat good food, drink wine and the gamble with his friends till late night and then
sleep on his soft and silky bed.
This went on for sometime and then the fisherman started feeling lonely. He again
went to the fish and started talking to him. He asked, ?Is it a good time to ask
for my second wish now??. The fish smiled and said, ?Of course my friend, I was
waiting for you to come and ask me your second wish?. The fisherman now got very
exited and smiled. He then asked for his second wish. ?You see I have all the
pleasures and wealth that money can buy but no one to share with, Because of that
I am feeling very lonely. I wish for a very beautiful wife, the one who would care
for me and love me like no one else has ever had?. The fish again smiled the
crooked smile and said ?So be it?. The fisherman could not believe his eyes when a
beautiful damsel appeared before him and bowed down to touch his feet. This is too
good to be true he thought and pinched himself, to find out if he was in a dream
but he wasn?t, this beautiful lady was indeed his wife.
Now the fisherman was no longer lonely. His life became very organized for he had
a good wife to take care of all his needs and make him happy. Life went on for the
fisherman and he was content now. He did not have any worries and there was
nothing more he could ask for. Till one morning he woke up and realized that he
does not have much energy left in him. It struck him that he was getting old. Age
was fast catching up with him. ?This could not happen to me he said and was left
puzzled?. He became very grave and started thinking about a solution. Suddenly his
eyes lit up and he started running towards the fish. The fish was expecting his
arrival and waited for him to speak. ?My friend? said the fisherman; you have
given me everything I wished for I was all content till I realized that I am not
fit as I used to be earlier to enjoy all the privileges. The fish was calm and
asked him ?What can I do for you. Ask me and your wish will be granted?.
The fisherman knew exactly what he had in his mind and loudly announced. ?My third
wish is that you should make me immortal. Death should not embrace me and I should
Hearing this fish started screaming with joy and shouted ?I am free, I am free?.
The fisherman asked somewhat puzzled what happened to my wish. The fish exclaimed
delightfully ?So is it?. To his horror, the fisherman started shrinking and
started loosing his legs and hands. ?What have you done to me??, asked the
fisherman to the fish who was slowly turning into a human form now. The fish
smiled and said, ?Thank you for letting me free. I was also leading a simple life
like you before I was trapped into the unholy world of wealth and misery. I was
also granted three boons by one sage and the last boon I asked for was
immortality. The sage had to grant my wish for he was compelled to do so, but at
the same time he was aware of the great truth that ?one who comes to birth has to
die. So he converted me into a fish. After realizing my fault, I prayed to the
sage to relieve me of this curse and he told me to wait for the next greedy man.
As my luck would have it I found you after 100 years. Now it is your turn to find
another greedy man to free yourself. And now I can die in peace.? So saying the
fish turned into a very old and frail human being.
By now the fisherman had already become a fish. The human form of the fish then
lifted the trembling fisherman and carried him to the nearby river. Before dipping
him into the river, he said, ?I am sorry my friend. Had you not asked for anything
in return for saving my life, this would not have happed to you. Greed is Man?s
4.A Glass of Milk:
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his
way through school, found he had only one thin dime left,
and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a
meal at the next house.
However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.
She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.
He drank it slowly, and then asked, quot;How much do I owe you?quot;
quot;You don't owe me anything,quot; she replied. quot;Mother has taught us never
to accept pay for a kindness.quot;
He said..... quot;Then I thank you from my heart.quot;
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt
but his faith in God and man was strong also. He
had been ready to give up and quit.
Year's later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors
were baffled. They finally sent her to the big
city, where they called
in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in
for the consultation. When he heard the name of
the town she came from,
a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the
hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her
He went back to the consultation room determined
to do his best to save
her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the
business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked
at it, then wrote something on the edge and the
bill was sent to her room.
She feared to open it, for she was sure it would
take the rest of her life
to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and
something caught her attention on the side of the bill.
She read these words.....quot;Paid in full with one
glass of milkquot; (Signed)
Dr. Howard Kelly.
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart
prayed: quot;Thank You,
God, that Your love has spread abroad through
5. Things are not alike:
Two travelling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a
wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the
mansion's guestroom. Instead the angels were given a small space in the
cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel
saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked
why, the older angel replied, quot;Things aren't always what they seem.quot;
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but
very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had
the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a
good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the
farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their
sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and
asked the older angel how could you have let this happen? The first man
had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had
little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.
quot;Things aren't always what they seem,quot; the older angel replied. quot;When we
stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored
in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and
unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't
quot;Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came
for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they
Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the
way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every
outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their
hopes and dreams when the first tree said, quot;Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.
I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with
intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.quot;
Then the second tree said, quot;Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and
queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel
safe in me because of the strength of my hull.quot;
Finally the third tree said, quot;I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest
tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my
branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I
will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.quot;
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of
woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, quot;This looks
like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenterquot; ...
and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the
carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree a woodsman said, quot;This looks like a strong tree, I should be
able to sell it to the shipyard.quot; The second tree was happy because he knew he was
on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he
knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen
said, quot;I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this onequot;, and he
cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for
animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all
what he had prayed for. The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing
boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The
third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went
by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the
baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished
that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The
tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the
greatest treasure of all time. Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat
made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they
were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong
enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said
quot;Peacequot; and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the
King of Kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets
as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the
man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When
Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the
top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been
crucified on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way,
always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will
give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way
they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know
that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.