Tuesday, January 4, 2011

God Refused To Take Offerings

A man was returning from the jungle with loads of wood logs piled on his bullock cart. While crossing the muddy area through the forest one of the cart wheel got stuck in the mud. The man tried hard to pull out the cart wheel from the mud, he even beat the bulls but all his efforts went in vain. He could find no one for his help finally he closed his eyes and prayed, 'Oh God! Please help me and get this cart out from the mud safely. I will present you great offerings in the temple'. God heard his prayer and appeared. He asked the man 'What do you want?'

The man humbly put his request in front of God and also mentioned about the offerings. God smiled and said, 'Don't beat the bulls rather push the wheel with full force and call out loud for your bulls and see if the cart wheel comes out of the mud or not'. The man did the same and his cart came out safely. He thanked God and promised to pay offerings as he reach home but God said, 'I do not need offerings, I did not help you with your bullock cart you yourself did this job'. God further said, 'I help those who themselves make an effort to accomplish their tasks but those who seek others for help and make no effort themselves do not receive my blessings'.

Moral: God help those who help themselves and when we do our work ourselves many helping hands join our way.

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