Third pig thinking


What is “Third Pig Thinking?”

For the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” It all started when a truck that was carrying 2,200 little pigs crashed in town. Then, someone built three houses along US 35. I wish I had thought of that!

Do you know the fairy tale? Three pigs go out into the world to seek their fortune. They run into a big, bad wolf. To protect themselves, one pig builds a house of straw, one pig builds a house of sticks, and one pig builds a house of brick. To each the wolf says, “Little pig, little Pig, let me come in.” Each pig says, “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.” So, the wolf says, “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.” The first and the second pig are left helpless, while the third pig was able to keep himself and his friends safe.

Which pig are you? Are you like the first pig, just scrambling to get by and not taking the threat seriously? Are you like the second pig that makes a mediocre effort and finds that less than his best is just not good enough? Let’s be honest, the threat is real. Wolves that take the form of mean, greedy, or selfish people are dangerous.

Let’s do some “Third Pig Thinking!” It’s an idea that I got form Dr. E. Max Case at Indiana University. He says that “Third Pig Thinking” is what Jesus’ resurrection does for the believer. It is a shift from being victims of forces beyond our control to stepping up and taking on the wolves in our midst. It reminded me of something that Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25, NIV).

Are you building your firm foundation on the Word of God? Have you said “Yes” to God today? It makes you part of the eternal. Have you read your Bible? These stories have weathered the test of time. Do you pray? You can’t build a house alone. Will you show up at a church on Sunday morning? It helps to see how others are building. Are you doing something to help others? The time to build is not when the wolf is at the door!

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