Proverbs 14:15 MSG
There was a small village and the people needed some sort of transportation to take their crafts and vegetables to market on Fridays so they chipped in to buy a horse to pull their wagon.
He was not much of a horse. He was old and slow and a little cranky, and some folks thought it was foolish to buy him, but the village council voted and everyone who needed transportation was required to chip in on the purchase.
The horse was also rather fat and ate more oats than anyone thought he would so he was expensive to maintain. And, of course, he needed to be shod. And he needed to be groomed and boarded and he turned out to be much more expensive than anyone thought.
Some folks thought he was too expensive to maintain and thought he should be sold. A town meeting was held to decide what to do. After much discussion, the people realized they had four choices:
1. They could sell the horse and buy another that was better but that would cost even more money.
2. They could shoot the horse and let everyone find their own way to market on Fridays.
3. They could continue as they were until the horse died of old age or heart attack and then figure out what to do next.
4. They could work together to fix the horse, put him on a diet and get a vet to examine him, give him better feed and vitamins, and exercise him every day and not just on Friday which would make him a better, happier, more productive horse.
They chose number 4 because that was the only sane and responsible choice.
Dean Feldmeyer is the author of 5 novels, 4 non-fiction books, three plays, and over 100 essays, articles, poems, and short stories, some of which can be found on this web site.