Piglet in the Middle

Piglet in the Middle

20150526_183946Do you know that, although Christopher Robin wanted to take Pooh everywhere, he could not take him to school because of his size. On the other hand, Piglet would fit nicely in a pocket undetected. Therefore, it is understood that Piglet got a great deal more education than Pooh. However, that never bothered Pooh as he said “Some have brains and some haven’t, and there it is.”

How wonderful for Pooh to be content with just who he was! Piglet, on the other hand, in stories I remember often wanted to be bigger or different or somewhere else. Do you remember that?

To be content with one’s own limitations is a gift. Yet it is also a challenge to not let limitation stop you from being all you can be. There is a big difference in knowing your limitation and learning how to delegate those things that are not yours to do, and making excuses for not being willing to learn something new and different. As a parent we need to watch and pray for God to show us when to encourage and when to accept the gifts our children have. Training a child in the way he or she should go has two parts. We first take that scripture as training our children in the way of God so they will walk with Him from youth to old age. However if we believe God knit us together in our mother’s womb, and He knows the plans He has for us, then we have to believe He put a DNA in us to be successful in what He created us for as we walk out our lives.

Knowing how to direct our children in their God-given aptitude and not control our children with our hopes and dream is the challenge of every parent.

According to the story in chapter 3 of Winnie–the-Pooh, Piglet lived in a grand ol’ house in the middle of a beech tree, in the middle of the forest and Piglet lived in the middle of the house. Hmmm, do you suppose our dear friend A.A. was trying to make a point about Piglet? Being in the middle, you know, is quite a safe place, quite a stable place, might even say middle is an ordinary place. Perhaps that is why Piglet was looking for more.

Ah, but the safe aspect of being in the middle might also make it clear why Piglet was a bit nervous about things. A bit anxious wouldn’t you say? On one hand he did like adventure, on the other hand he definitely had his limits.

Piglet found ways to return to his place of safety as in the story of in chapter three where Pooh and Piglet go hunting. As Pooh continued the hunt with the help of Christopher Robin he soon found out the possibility of danger was simply the misunderstanding of the facts. This lesson was not learned by Piglet since he stopped short of the conclusion of the hunt and went to his safe place. He chose to go back to the middle of the Hundred Acre Wood to the middle of his home. 20150526_183852Staying in the middle may just keep us from learning valuable lessons that overcome fear. Not taking adventures to the full scope of their course could be that excuse for not going past a limitation that brings you to the next level of understanding life to be successful. My best way to know the difference? Follow the following advice:

James 1: [5] But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. [6] But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

Philp4: [6] Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.