Doing the right thing

Another installment in Director of Religious Education Fred Mills’s series “A Voice from the Little Chair.”

“Aesop’s fables are often used to teach a simple lesson,” Fred said as he lowered himself into a very small chair. “But the truth is that there are often many lessons from these simple fables. This morning I will tell the tale of ‘The Lion and The Mouse.’ We often read this tale from the point of view of the lion.  What about the mouse? Let’s listen.” And so Fred began:

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon the Mouse and opened his big jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O King,” cried the little Mouse. “Forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?”

The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after, the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and, seeing the Lion’s sad plight, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. “Was I not right?” asked the little Mouse.

The mouse took a great risk in helping the lion. The lion could have eaten him at any time. But helping the lion was the right thing to do, so the mouse did it. Doing the right thing is what we are supposed to do. It may not be hard to see what the right thing is, but doing it may seem hard. Who we are depends on our ability to do the hard thing, the right thing.