The Happy Little Train
Once upon a time there was a happy little train. He had such a good time as he raced down the tracks. He blew his whistle at all his friends along the way. His friend the horse galloped alongside to the end of the pasture. His friend the duck soared over his steaming smokestack.
But one day the happy train stopped being happy. He began to envy his friends. The horse could go anywhere he wanted in his pasture and the duck could fly through the sky. "But all I ever get to do is stay on the tracks!" grumbled the not-so-happy little train.
"How can I get off my tracks?" wondered the little train.
"Maybe if I go really fast at the curve. Then I'll be off the tracks and as free as my friend the horse!"
So the next day the little train began to pick up speed miles before the curve. His friends were astonished at how fast the little train steamed by. They watched with amazement as the little train reached the curve at full speed and jumped free of the tracks. "I'm free" thought the little train as he plowed into the field next to the tracks.
But before he could blow his whistle he was stuck. He churned his wheels. He tried to go backwards. But he didn't move an inch.
"I'm not free!" he cried. "I'm stuck!"
His friend the horse came over to the little train. "You silly train, what were you thinking?" asked the horse.
"I wanted to be free like you," said the train. "But I discovered that the only way to be free is to stay on the tracks!"
"Of course," said the horse.
"Absolutely," said the duck. "We're only free when we play by the rules."
Most of us are just like the little train. We get the idea that happiness comes when we can do whatever we want. But just like the train, when we ignore the rules we get stuck.
God loves us so much. He gives us a beautiful world and tells us how to enjoy it. But most of the time we ignore God. We do what we want. The Bible calls this 'sin' and it ruins everything -- even our beautiful world.
God cares about people who are stuck in sin. He gives people a way to get unstuck and back on track. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for sin. The way to get back on track is to trust Jesus and ask Him to forgive our sins and live in our hearts.
Are you off the track and stuck in sin? Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and trust Him to set you free.
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-13
Sent by Harvey and June Schneider,
Servant Soldiers Ministries, Daphne, Alabama
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