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Monday, December 17, 2012

It's OK if you are a Goat (as long as you're not a Tiger).

-A Story-

A starving and pregnant tigress comes upon a flock of goats and pounces on them with such fervor that she brings about the birth of her little one, as well as her own death. The goats scatter, but soon come back to find the newborn tiger by the side of its dead mother.

Tho goats adopt the baby tiger and it grows up believing it is a goat. He learns to bleat and eat grass, but the trouble is that grass doesn’t nourish tigers well, and he grows into a weak and miserable member of his own species.

One day, a large male tiger pounces on the flock and the goats scatter. The young tiger, not being a goat, remains standing there.

The big male is surprised to find a young tiger living with goats, and when he enquired into it, the young one simply says, “Maaaa.” Mortified, the old tiger swats him back and forth a couple of times, but the only response coming forth was more bleating and grass nibbling.

The old tiger brings the young one to a pond and makes him look at his own reflection for the first time. He leans over and points out to him, See, you look like me. You’re not a goat. You are a tiger, like me. Be like me!

At that moment, the young tiger gives a tiger-like stretch, and then a small little tiger roar.
By Joseph Campbell

Something to think about:
-Are you living out someone else's dreams?
-Are you really being authentic?
-Is your life filled with intrinsic meaning?

God created you to be unique.  The point of the story isn't that the Tiger is better than the Goat; rather, like a fingerprint, you are one in a million.  
You are God's masterpiece.  Determine to live your life that way. The world wishes that you would and you will never be happy if you don't.  So go ahead, make some noise, let's hear you Roar.

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:10

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