The sin of Presumption
This article was fowarded to me by my hubby and I think you may like it.
There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so
faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend
other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with
the dog faithfully watching over him.
One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in
the "hands" of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned,
she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess. The baby's
cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with
bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and the dog.
Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently,
she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered
with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal.
The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby.
Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death. But as she continued
searching for the "remains" of her child, she beheld another scene. Close
to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was safe. And
under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what must have
been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now dead.
Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took place
in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous
jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her
impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog deserving
praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear beloved
child received death in return.
How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh
words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate
the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things are
one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation
really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major life long
More points to ponder:
1. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for!
2. Intelligence is like underwear. It is important that you have it, but
not necessary that you show it off!
3. If your dreams determine your future, why not go to sleep now?
4. When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look
like a nail!
5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.