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"The Green-eyed Monster" - by Rev. Weldon Bares


I heard a story about a young man who was walking on a beach. He saw an older man getting ready to catch crabs. He had never seen anyone catch crabs before, so he was very interested in how it was done.

The man catching the crabs tied a chicken neck on a string, dropped it into the water and tied the other end securely to the pier. He set up a dozen strings in this way. An hour later he started checking them. Sure enough, crabs were found on every string. The man scooped them up with a net and threw them into a large bucket.

The young man watched for several minutes. Before long, the bucket was half full and claws and crab legs started to appear at the top. He pointed out to the older man, "You better put a lid on your bucket or all your crabs are going to escape!" The older, wiser man answered, "Not a chance, kid. Every time one of them gets to the top, the others will pull him down!"

I’m afraid that sometimes we are just like those crabs. As soon as somebody becomes too successful or achieves too much or acquires too many things, we try to pull him back down.

The word for this is jealousy, and we see it so often in our lives. It was jealousy of the shepherd-boy David that destroyed King Saul in ancient Israel. It can do the same thing in our lives today. Even the disciples of Jesus experienced this.

Shakespeare summed it up very well: "O, beware, my lord of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon." (Othello, Act iii, sc. 3)

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