A Lesson from the Elephant

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

An elephant trainer ties a metal chain to the iron cuff around a baby elephant’s leg and attaches this chain to a small wooden peg which is hammered into the ground so the animal will not run.

The little elephant tries to get free by pulling on the chain. He can’t do it. The harder the baby tugs, the more the cuff cuts the elephant’s skin on his leg. It’s very painful so the elephant realizes it is useless to try escaping. He gives up.

He grows and becomes stronger. So later he can snap the chain or uproot the peg to escape, but the adult elephant doesn’t do this.

The world’s most powerful animal has grown up remembering only the pain of trying to escape. It doesn’t matter that the 100 kilo baby is now a 5,000 kilo adult and can easily break the chain or pull up the peg without pain. His belief in the pain prevails, so he doesn’t try to escape.

It can be the same with humans. Our self-limiting beliefs like thinking we will never amount to anything, we are useless, or we will always fail, that we learned when we were younger become chains and pegs, holding us back.

What’s your chain and wooden peg?

With God’s help you can be free.

That giant elephant could break away without any help from God.

And we have God to help us.



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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