Some examples of parables:
The Obstacle in our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself
and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the kirig's
wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many
loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything
about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a
load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his
burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of
vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The
purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the
gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant
learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity
to improve our condition.
Who Is The
One day a
wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country so that the son could see
how the poor lived. They spent a day and a night at the farm of a very poor
family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was
the trip?" "Very good, Dad!" "Did you see how poor people can be?" "Yeah!"
"And what did you learn?" The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home,
and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden;
they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the house; they
have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have the whole
horizon." When the little boy was finished, the father was speechless. His son
then added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!"
A young and
successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too
fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between
parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car
passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side
door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the
brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed
the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was
that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new
car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do
it?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please! I'm sorry but I
didn't know what else to do," he pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one
else would stop!" With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the
youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother," he said.
"He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him
up." Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help
me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in
his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair,
then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A
quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you and may God
bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the
man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk
toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was
very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.
He kept the dent there to remind him of this message "Don't go through life so
fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"