Life’s full of ‘chickens’
Jack London’s classic story, White Fang, is about an animal, half dog, half wolf, who learns to live among men. White Fang loved chickens. Once he raided a chicken-roost and killed 50 hens. His master, Weedon Scott, whom White Fang loved, told him off, then took him into the chicken yard. When White Fang saw his favorite food walking around in front of him, he did what any half-dog half-wolf would do and went for them. Immediately he was called by his master’s voice. He stayed in the chicken yard quite a while, and every time White Fang made a move toward a chicken, his master’s voice would stop him. By doing this he learned what his master wanted – he learned to ignore the chickens. Weedon Scott’s father said ‘You couldn’t cure a chicken killer’ but Weedon challenged him and they agreed to lock White Fang in with the chickens all afternoon: ‘Locked in the yard, White Fang lay down and went to sleep. Once he walked over to the trough for a drink. He calmly ignored the chickens. As far as he was concerned they did not exist. At 4 o’clock he did a running jump and leaped to the ground outside, where he sadly wandered back to the house. He had learned the lesson. Because of love he wanted to do what his master wanted and White Fang overcame his natural, inborn tendencies. He may not have understood the reason, but he chose to change what he wanted to do in place of what his master wanted.
Life’s full of chickens.
What are yours?
‘YOU WILL EXPERIENCE ALL THESE BLESSINGS IF YOU OBEY THE LORD YOUR GOD.’ DEUTERONOMY 28:2 NLT