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I heard about a chicken yard with a big hen house, where a rooster had all of his hens laying eggs. One day, two little boys were next door playing football, with a brand new white football. One of them accidentally kicked the football over the fence, and it rolled into the chicken yard.

The rooster walked around and around the football, examining it carefully. Finally, he called out to all of his hens, "Come on out here, ladies!" When they had all gathered around, he said, "Now, girls, I don't mean to be negative, but here's the kind of eggs they're producing next door. You need to step up your efforts."

We can easily look with our eyes at someone else's life, someone else's success, and envy what they have. What we should be doing instead is focusing on the blessings that God has already given us.

(From a sermon by Robert Collins, 5/9/2011)

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