THE DOG AND THE SHADOW
“It happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen again.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” (Aesop’s Fables)
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.”
(James 1:22-24 NLT)
“God blesses you who are hungry now,
for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
for in due time you will laugh.” Jesus