Monkeys and Mischief

One day I was walking in our frontyard, gratefully observing the tall almond trees that had formed a canopy over my head with their rich foliage, the evergreen towering over me and the coconut trees swaying in the wind like drunken men. It was a satisfying sight. Then my eyes flitted to the ground where there were branches and leaves, almonds and coconuts ripped apart prematurely and strewn on the ground by monkeys — a scene of absolute

plunder. As my heart sank at the sight of our garden, I felt a peace within me. I lifted my eyes once again to the trees and let my thoughts flow.

It seemed that the trees were least bothered at what the primates did to them. They continued to grow new branches, new leaves and new fruits to bless the people.

I thought of people playing monkey in my life and my reaction to them. Over the years I am training myself not to defend, not to cry, not to curse or not to throw a temper tantrum. My long journey has culminated in ignoring all such damage people may cause. I have learnt to concentrate in my work setting my mind on the nice surprises in heaven.

Are monkeys playing havoc in your life? Have you become depressed and washed your hands off the things you were fruitfully doing? Or do you sit and seethe? Joseph was a young boy hated by his brothers, falsely accused by his master’s wife and forgotten by the one whom he encourged. He did not take revenge on his brothers, did not take Potiphar to task or dismiss the butler, when he became the Prime Minister of Egypt. He was mindful of his work to save the dying communities from the dreadful drought.

The prophecy about him at a later date was, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well, his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength” (Gen 49:22-26).

God allows many monkeys to play in the garden of our lives to teach us valuable life lessons. What was Joseph’s reaction to the devastation caused in his life?

  1. He never took the place of God (50:19).
  2. He believed in the “All things work together for good to those who love God” principle (50:20).
  3. He was kind and gentle to them (50:2 1).
  4. He helped them (50:2 1).
  5. He forgave them (50:2 1).
  6. He determinedly followed the course God had set for him (45:7).

The trees never thought, “It is a waste that I stand here and give shade and fruits. Anyway the monkeys damage me. It is useless to be useful.” No, they continued to be useful.

Saul ravaged David’s life. But David’s response is noteworthy. He never retaliated, never thought himself useless but continued to play his God-given role in the drama of life till the curtains fell.

There are people who will always find fault with whatever you do, may be a bureaucratic boss, those who will never appreciate you or concede your accomplishments. Some may even damage your work or your reputation, criticize everything you do, treat you contemptuously or belittle you. They will hurt you by their scathing comments, words and actions, keep hitting you on the head or put stumbling blocks across your path and turn your lives into a living hell. If you get discouraged and stop doing what God has commissioned you to do, it is your loss, not theirs.

This is a challenge you must face. Take heart and never slip into self-pity. Remain serenely yourself. Keep your cool. Go on. Keep going on however tough the going may get. Never let your optimism flag. It is easy to withdraw, nursing feelings of victimization. But the secret of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.

Young people, you are just spreading your wings to fly across the sky of your life. Don’t expect everyone to pat you on the back for everything you do. If you are ignored or rejected, remember the Kindergarten song —

There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden

His name is wiggly wooo

And all he can do is

Wiggle all night and

Wiggle all day

Whatever the folks may say.

People don’t congratulate the earthworm for what it does, rather they detest it. But science knows its value. So keep doing what God has called you to do till the roll-call Day! You may be a wiggly wooo. Only the Day can tell what you have done to Mother Earth. So keep on wiggling night and day!

The monkeys continue to visit our garden and I love them for what they are and what they have taught me. I only try not to be a monkey myself

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Monkeys and Mischief

One day I was walking in our frontyard, gratefully observing the tall almond trees that had formed a canopy over my head with their rich foliage, the evergreen towering over me and the coconut trees swaying in the wind like drunken men. It was a satisfying sight. Then my eyes flitted to the ground where there were branches and leaves, almonds and coconuts ripped apart prematurely and strewn on the ground by monkeys — a scene of absolute

plunder. As my heart sank at the sight of our garden, I felt a peace within me. I lifted my eyes once again to the trees and let my thoughts flow.

It seemed that the trees were least bothered at what the primates did to them. They continued to grow new branches, new leaves and new fruits to bless the people.

I thought of people playing monkey in my life and my reaction to them. Over the years I am training myself not to defend, not to cry, not to curse or not to throw a temper tantrum. My long journey has culminated in ignoring all such damage people may cause. I have learnt to concentrate in my work setting my mind on the nice surprises in heaven.

Are monkeys playing havoc in your life? Have you become depressed and washed your hands off the things you were fruitfully doing? Or do you sit and seethe? Joseph was a young boy hated by his brothers, falsely accused by his master’s wife and forgotten by the one whom he encourged. He did not take revenge on his brothers, did not take Potiphar to task or dismiss the butler, when he became the Prime Minister of Egypt. He was mindful of his work to save the dying communities from the dreadful drought.

The prophecy about him at a later date was, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well, his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength” (Gen 49:22-26).

God allows many monkeys to play in the garden of our lives to teach us valuable life lessons. What was Joseph’s reaction to the devastation caused in his life?

  1. He never took the place of God (50:19).
  2. He believed in the “All things work together for good to those who love God” principle (50:20).
  3. He was kind and gentle to them (50:2 1).
  4. He helped them (50:2 1).
  5. He forgave them (50:2 1).
  6. He determinedly followed the course God had set for him (45:7).

The trees never thought, “It is a waste that I stand here and give shade and fruits. Anyway the monkeys damage me. It is useless to be useful.” No, they continued to be useful.

Saul ravaged David’s life. But David’s response is noteworthy. He never retaliated, never thought himself useless but continued to play his God-given role in the drama of life till the curtains fell.

There are people who will always find fault with whatever you do, may be a bureaucratic boss, those who will never appreciate you or concede your accomplishments. Some may even damage your work or your reputation, criticize everything you do, treat you contemptuously or belittle you. They will hurt you by their scathing comments, words and actions, keep hitting you on the head or put stumbling blocks across your path and turn your lives into a living hell. If you get discouraged and stop doing what God has commissioned you to do, it is your loss, not theirs.

This is a challenge you must face. Take heart and never slip into self-pity. Remain serenely yourself. Keep your cool. Go on. Keep going on however tough the going may get. Never let your optimism flag. It is easy to withdraw, nursing feelings of victimization. But the secret of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.

Young people, you are just spreading your wings to fly across the sky of your life. Don’t expect everyone to pat you on the back for everything you do. If you are ignored or rejected, remember the Kindergarten song —

There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden

His name is wiggly wooo

And all he can do is

Wiggle all night and

Wiggle all day

Whatever the folks may say.

People don’t congratulate the earthworm for what it does, rather they detest it. But science knows its value. So keep doing what God has called you to do till the roll-call Day! You may be a wiggly wooo. Only the Day can tell what you have done to Mother Earth. So keep on wiggling night and day!

The monkeys continue to visit our garden and I love them for what they are and what they have taught me. I only try not to be a monkey myself

  Address for Correspondence Contributions

Dr. Lilian Stanley
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
 +91 9843511943
  lilianstanley@gmail.com

Blessing Youth Mission

Blessing Youth Mission
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
 +91-416-2242943, +91-416-2248943
  hq@bymonline.org
  www.bymonline.org

For Donation & Contributions...

Home & NRE donors

Name: Blessing Youth Mission
Account Type: Current Account
A/c No.: 37268642054
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Siruthozhil,Vellore - 632 006
IFSC No.: SBIN0007274

Overseas Donors

Name: Blessing Youth Mission
A/c No.: 1074703964
Bank: Central Bank of India
Branch: Vellore
IFSC No.: CBIN0280887
MICR Code: 000016000
SWIFT Code: CBININBBMDR

Gulf Donors

A/c Name: T.Dickson Daniel Moses
Account Type: Saving Account
A/c No.: 35374362080
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Siruthozhil,Vellore - 632 006
IFSF: SBIN0007274

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To buy books written by Dr. Lilian Stanley, kindly reach to us in the follwing address

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Chintadripet,
Chennai 600 002, India.
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