Series: Seasonal Attitudes To Have All Year Long
Long, long ago a pig lived in a house at the edge of a village, and every day he worked in his garden. His was a most magnificent garden, and every year he won awards for producing the finest vegetables in the entire kingdom.
However, after many years of tending his garden in good weather and bad, the pig began to grow tired and discontented. He figured there must be an easier way to make a living. So he shut up his house and set off to find a new and easier way to make money.
Eventually he came to the home of a cat named Thomas, and from the house rang out the sweetest music. The Discontented Pig marveled as Thomas expertly played his violin. “Surely this must be easier than tending a garden” thought the pig and he asked Thomas to teach him to play the violin.
Thomas handed the pig a violin and bow and showed him how to play. But when the pig began to play the music was terrible…more like the sounds of bleating pigs than the sweet lullabies of Thomas. “this is terrible” cried the pig. “I thought you would teach me to play!”
“And that I will” replied Thomas, “but mastering the violin takes many years of practice and hard work.”
“Then I think I’ll look for something else”, answered the pig, “because this is as hard as weeding my garden.”
And so the pig set off down the road again, until he came to a house where there lived a dog who made cheese. “This may be just what I’m looking for” thought Pig. “After all, I love to eat and I could make the most delicious cheeses both for myself and to sell.” So he asked if the dog would teach him to make cheese.
“That I will” agreed the dog, and the two set about making cheese. But turning and kneading the cheese was hot and thirsty work, and after a while the discontented pig stopped for a rest.
“You can’t stop now” cried the dog. “The cheese will spoil. There can be no resting until the job is finished.”
“This is just as hard as growing vegetables” answered the pig. “I need to find something easier.”
And so he set off down the road once more, until he came across a man taking honey out of beehives. “Ah, honey gathering” thought the pig, “this is just what I’ve been looking for. I can fill my belly with delicious honey and certainly it does not look hard to gather.” So the pig asked the man to teach him how to gather honey.
The man readily agreed. He gave the pig a pair of gloves and a veil to cover his face and showed him how to lift honey out of a hive. But when the pig tried for himself some bees got into his gloves and under his veil and stung him. “How do I do this without getting stung?!” cried the pig.
“Why you can’t” said the man. “You cannot be a beekeeper without sometimes being stung.”
“Well then this is just too hard” said the pig as he waved the man goodbye.
As the little pig continued down the road he came to the realization that every kind of work has something unpleasant about it. So he turned around and went back to his home and his vegetable garden. He hoed and raked and weeded and sang as he worked. And there was no more contented pig in all that kingdom. (http://storiesforpreaching.com/category/sermonillustrations/contentment/)
Between now and Christmas we are going to be looking at several attitudes that we as Christians need to learn to exhibit in our lives. These attitudes will all be related to the upcoming holidays in some way.
For example, next week, Thanksgiving week, we’ll look at Gratitude. We’ll look at Joy during the Christmas week.
Today, we’re looking at contentment. Contentment is an attitude that we need around the holidays for many reasons—we tend to want to buy things and overspend during this time. Or, we might not be around family like we want to be during the holidays, causing us to be depressed and discontent.
Contentment is a good attitude for all people to have. But for Christians, contentment takes on a special importance. We, as Christians want to be godly (or we should want to), and…