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Maybe so, Maybe not. We’ll see.

There is a Chinese Proverb that goes something like this…

A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few days later, the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out, “Your horse has returned, and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the mares and she threw him to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, recruiting all the able-bodied boys for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son, still recovering from his injury. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”

The moral of this story, is, of course, that no event, in and of itself, can truly be judged as good or bad, lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate, but that only time will tell the whole story. Additionally, no one really lives long enough to find out the ‘whole story,’ so it could be considered a great waste of time to judge minor inconveniences as misfortunes or to invest tons of energy into things that look outstanding on the surface, but may not pay off in the end.

The wiser thing, then, is to live life in moderation, keeping as even a temperament as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’

Shell Gazer

I listened to a great sermon by John Piper. The link to the sermon is below.

Willing God’s Will As a Way of Knowing Christ’s Word

He uses a term that got me thinking and seems so true. He calls it “shell-gazing” or that someone is a “shell-gazer”.

So many people go to hear preachers or singers or actors because of the shell. Are you one of those? “Whoah! This man has learning!” Or, “She has looks, and what a voice!” And, “He is so cool, so hip!” Shell. Shell. Shell.

The question is: Are they true?

So Jesus poses the big question. If you don’t ask this question about your heroes, your stars, your God, yourself, you will always be a superficial shell-gazer. Verse 24 again: “Do not judge by appearances [by the shell!], but judge with right judgment.” Jesus poses the big question: How do you form a right judgment? How can you know? How can you know if he is true? How can you know if anybody is true?”

Are they true? That should be our question.