Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, August 25, 2019
A popular children’s book bears the title “If you give a mouse a cookie…” I’m guessing many of you have read it, but if you haven’t, the basic plot goes like this. A little boy gives a cookie to a mouse, who then asks for a glass of milk to wash it down, and then a straw to drink the milk, and then a mirror to avoid a milk mustache, and so on from there. The illustrations throughout the book show the boy getting more and more frazzled as he satisfies request after request after request – each one seemingly reasonable and logical after the last, but also increasingly unreasonable because there are so many demands! Its silly story designed to be entertaining for kids, but like most children’s books, there is a subtle message in it as well. Usually, when you ask someone for a favor and they are generous enough to give it to you, you don’t then turn around and ask them for something more! It usually comes across as a bit ungrateful at best, and perhaps at worst looks like you’re taking advantage of their generosity.
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