A Parable – Who is the Monkey?

images3A hurricane stranded a monkey on an island. In a protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current. It seemed to the monkey that the fish was struggling and needed assistance. Being of kind heart, the monkey resolved to help the fish.

A tree leaned precariously over the spot where the fish seemed to struggle. At considerable risk to himself, the monkey moved far out on the limb, reached down, and snatched the fish from the waters. Scurrying back to the safety of his shelter, he carefully laid the fish on dry ground. For a few moments, the fish showed excitement but soon settled into a peaceful rest. – An Eastern Parable.

So rich with layered meaning…so analogous to all that is important to me.

Who is the monkey for you?

For me, its simple.  The monkey is the institutional church of today….


3 responses to this post.

  1. Hey bro – are you reading Gibbons’ book too? I just started it yesterday – very good stuff.

  2. cutting through it pretty fast – love his perspective. what do you think?

  3. Outstanding stuff. I’m reading it in parallel with Kary Oberbrunner’s The Fine Line – amazing how both guys are speaking similar messages. Definitely challenging.

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