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THREE LITTLE PIGS--FOLLOW UP

Once there was a mother pig who had three little pigs. The pigs left their mother’s pen to live out their lives in the best way possible.

The first little pig had not gone far when he decided to base his life on the pursuit of happiness. The pig did whatever made him happy. He got credit cards and bought all kinds of designer mud baths, ate like a pig should, and bought everything that had bells and whistles. He did what made him happy. Any little Miss Piggy he came across he jumped into her pen. He had a few piglets here and there, but did not really feel responsible for them. He did what he wanted. It made him happy. The first pig drank, smoked, and frolicked.

One night he sat in his house full of everything that he thought would make him happy. Along came a wolf. The wolf loved to tempt pigs and create havoc in their lives. He knocked at the door of the little pig's house and called, "Little pig, little pig, I have a question!" But the little pig answered, "Well what is it?” The wolf questioned, “Are you really happy?”

The question made the little pig think for he had based his life on what would make him happy. He had no lasting relationships. The material things were not a lasting happiness. He ended up addicted and sick rather than happy. He felt empty inside. Nothing he had done had made a firm foundation. Then the wolf said, "Ha! I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!" So he huffed and he puffed until he blew the house in and it fell with a great crash, and ate up that little pig.

The second little pig had not gone far when he decided to base his life on success. He married a Miss Piggy who came from a good family and had some money. They had a few piglets to make her happy and to make the father-in-law happy. Plus, kids often showed others that you were successful at home. He excelled at his job. When his job required him to be away from home, he did it without a second thought. At times, success meant cheating a little, and he did it because it was what would make him successful. A few other Miss Piggies along the way had caught his eye and they helped him get the successes he wanted. He got raises. He got promotions. He climbed the barnyard ladder and did whatever was required. He bought the biggest pig pen on the block to show off his success.

Along came a wolf. The wolf loved to tempt pigs and create havoc in their lives. He knocked at the door of the little pig's house and called, "Little pig, little pig, I have a question!" But the little pig answered, "Well what is it?” The wolf questioned, “Are you really successful?”

The question made the little pig think, for he had based his life on what would make him successful. He did not really know his kids. He had a trophy piglet wife, but there was nothing there. He had no self-respect or integrity. The material things were not a lasting happiness and somebody always had a bigger pen. He had ended up successful in business but a failure at life. He felt empty inside. Nothing he had done had made a firm foundation. Then the wolf said, "Ha! I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!" So he huffed and he puffed until he blew the house in and it fell with a great crash, and ate up that little pig.

The third little pig traveled in his life and wondered what the point of life really was. Was it fame? Was it fortune? Was it success? Was it happiness? Was it people? What should a little pig build their life on? What should be the foundation? The little pig said to himself, "I think I shall base my life on God and the things He desires." The pig met a Miss Piggy who shared his faith. The pig remained faithful to his wife and had children that he tried to raise with Biblical values. He tried to balance family, church, giving, serving, business, politics, and all aspects of his life with Biblical principles. He went to church, but more than that, he read the Bible and tried to actually live out what it taught.

Along came the wolf. He knocked at the door of the little pig's house and said, "Little pig, little pig, I have a question!" But the little pig answered, "Well what is it?” The wolf questioned, “Are you really going to base your life on God?”

The question made the little pig think, for he had based his life on God. He had a wife who loved him. It was hard, but they were in it for the long haul. He had kids who he raised as best as he could. His finances were a struggle, but God always provided. He ran his business with integrity and respect. He was active in his community which brought him joy. His relationship with Jesus Christ was the foundation of his life. Then the wolf said, "Ha! I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!" So he huffed and he puffed until he blew on the house and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on God. The wolf came by often to tempt the pig but never could knock down the whole house because the pig had found that a foundation on God was best.

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