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What I’m Learning About Discipleship from The Three Little Pigs

on January 30, 2015

Cuddled up in the recliner with my one year, I began to read a new book to him.  It’s an old story really, but something about the way this one was written started the wheels in my mind spinning.  The Three Little Pigs is a very familiar lesson about diligence and planning ahead; but in this account, I found so much more.

We need an “older brother” in our lives.  When the older brother in this story saw the younger brothers’ houses of straw and sticks, he responded by saying, “It doesn’t look very strong.  What if the wolf comes?”  Don’t we need someone in our lives like that spiritually.  We have a raging enemy who longs to devour us; he huffs and puffs and blows daily.  It is a good thing to have someone who reminds us and warns us of this truth and who is brave enough to speak honestly into our lives.

We need an “older brother” in our lives.  As you know the wolf did come, and he succeeded in blowing down the houses of the younger brothers and sent them scurrying.  Where did they scurry?  To the older brother’s house, of course.  The older brother swung open the door announcing, “Hurry!  You’ll be safe here.”  When our world comes crashing down, even when it’s due to our own foolishness, it is so important to have a safe place to turn.  Someone who will offer us grace, hospitality, and safety.  Not someone who says, “I told you so,” but “Hurry! Get inside!”

We need an “older brother” in our lives.  This book didn’t end with the wolf giving up and leaving the three pigs to celebrate.  The final page declares, “The next day, the oldest pig showed his brothers how to build strong houses out of brick.” Yes!  That is discipleship–that is mentoring!  A true “older brother” doesn’t leave us where we are, he comes alongside of us and teaches us how to live stronger lives!  The “older brother” reveals the way to security and joy.

We all need someone like that in our lives, and someone needs us to be that person for them!  Reaching forward, reaching back; offering and receiving warnings; displaying and requiring grace; teaching and being taught wisdom!

Bryant, Robyn. The Three Little Pigs. Tormont Publishing. Canada, 2011.

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