We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Tom’s Skunk

One slippery night while driving home, my friend Tom ran over a family of skunks. Being the animal lover that he is, he got out, plugged his nose, picked up the one little skunkling survivor, and put it in his trunk.

Nursing this little guy until he was dependent, Tom turned him into the family pet and even gave him his own pillow to sleep on. Needless to say, Tom’s house was not a place to go when he wasn’t home!

Then, one day, Tom’s neighbor came to visit. Not realizing that a live skunk lived there, he sat beside the pillow where the skunk rested. Thinking it was a stuffed animal, he picked it up. He immediately realized that it was heavy and warm! After gingerly setting the skunk-which was now awake–back on the pillow, the neighbor sat in a paralyzed state, unable to speak. He looked like he was about to have a root canal! The skunk jumped off the sofa, lifted his tail, set it back down, walked over to the kitchen for a drink out of its bowl, finally wandered back to the sofa, and went back to sleep! All the while, the neighbor sat in a panicked state of paralyzing fear.

It’s been several years since then, and Tom has told me that the skunk has never sprayed anyone. Do you know why that is? Because it has been cared for; it is not afraid. You see, perfect love casts out fear. It really does! And if it works for skunks, it will work for children–and spouses! Let the story of Tom’s skunk be a reminder to us that perfect love casts out fear.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 4:02 am  Leave a Comment