When you find a snake in your yard, kill it
An old man is riding a tractor through the field, bush hogging (mowing) the tall grass between the apple trees. Sitting on the edge of the tractor, above the hub of the wheel, is his grandson Charlie. Row after row they mow. After a few hours, the orchard looks great and is in immaculate condition. All of the previous underbrush is now cut down to a respectable level.
As the two leave the orchard and start heading to the barn to park the tractor, the grandfather stops the tractor at the edge of the yard. “Charlie, hop on down on this side and run over to the barn and fetch me a hoe.” the man tells his grandson. The boy not sure what’s going on jumps down and runs to get the hoe. A minute or so later Charlie returns with the hoe.
“What is it Paw Paw?” asks Charlie.
“There’s a rattle snake lying over here, Charlie.”
“Are you going to kill it?” asks the boy.
“Yep.” the old man says slowly and nonchalantly.
“Why can’t you let it go or move it somewhere else?” asks the good hearted young boy.
“Look son. Let me explain something to you. When you discover a snake in your yard, you kill it. Just because you show mercy to it doesn’t mean it will return the favor. It will bite you, your little brother, your Maw Maw, and even the dog if it gets the opportunity. It may catch one or two mice a month, but the bad far outweighs the good it does.” says the grandfather.
He continues on, “The same goes for life in general. You must take a sword to anything that threatens you and your family’s well-being. I realize this isn’t a sword, but this will do the job. Evil knows no restraint. Evil can’t be reasoned with. Evil doesn’t stop unless you stop it. It’s like an infection and you must take a sword to it. As you grow up, you must decide what kind of man you want to grow into. I probably won’t be around to see you become a man, but I expect you to be the kind of man who stands against evil and takes a sword to it. Take a sword to shyness, indifference, poverty, indecision, doubt, worry, fear, and an unclean mind. Take a sword to crude jokes, gossip, hate, jealously, back biting, and self-pride.”
Charlie maturely understood what his grandfather was telling him and has never forgotten.
Posted on August 29, 2013, in Lessons From Paw Paw and tagged Christian, family, growth, happy, How you should see yourself, Leadership, management, motivation, success. Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.