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OXEN, NUTS AND SHELLS


All of us, at one time or another, have heard humorous stories of people who in a moment of frightful crisis will make extravagant promises to Almighty God, to other people; or, to themselves! Then, when the crisis is over or has subsided, they reduce the levels of their promises significantly!


The story is told of a Hindu man who was caught in a terrible storm who promised God a sacrifice of twenty (20) oxen if he survived. As the storm quieted, he thought, "Why be so foolish as to give oxen? Why not nuts instead?" On the way to offer the nuts, he became hungry, ate the nuts; and, offered the empty shells as his sacrifice. Broken lives and empty promises seem to go hand in hand!


(From a sermon by George Dillahunty, Where Are You Looking? 10/31/2009)

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