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一只柳条篮子 The Basket

一只柳条篮子

这个故事讲的是一个老人跟小孙子。他们住在肯塔基东部的一个农场,四面绕山。

老爷爷每天都起得很早,在餐桌旁看圣经。他的圣经因为年代久远,而极为破损。小孙子处处学爷爷的样子,也跟着看。
一天,小孙子问:“爷爷,我学你的样看圣经,可总看不懂。就算有些话明白了,书一合,又忘了。看圣经到底有什么用呢?“
老爷爷本来在给火炉加煤炭。他默默转过身,说:“这破柳条篮子原是装煤的。你用它到河边打点水。“

小男孩照做了。可他还没回到家,水就漏光了。老爷爷笑道:“下一次要跑的快点哦。”。这次小男孩跑的更快,可水还是很快漏光了。小男孩气喘吁吁地跟爷爷讲这篮子不能打水,然后拿了个水桶过来。老爷爷说:“我不想要一桶水。我要一篮子水。你能做到,只是没有尽全力罢了。“老爷爷走到门外,看着孙儿又去打水。

这时,小男孩已经知道任务无法完成。但他还想再试一次,借此告诉爷爷他跑的在快,水还是会立即漏光。小男孩冲到河边,一打起水,就飞奔回来。可当他跑到爷爷那,篮子又空了。小男孩跑得上气不接下气,喊道:“爷爷,你看!还是没用!“
 
老爷爷反问:“你觉得没用?看看这篮子。“ 
小男孩低头看篮子,突然发觉这篮子变了。以前又脏又破,现在柳条篮子焕然一新。
“孙儿,你看圣经也是同理。也许你不明白也记不住所有教导。但只要你去读,神的道就会让你焕然一新。

The Wicker Basket

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.
 
  Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. Hisgrandson who wanted to be just like him tried to mitate him in any way he could.

  One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?'
 
  The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'

  The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out be fore he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. out of breath, he told his grandfather
that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. 
 
  At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of
breath, he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' The old man said, 'Look at the basket.'

  The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

  'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.' 

  Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God's word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

by unknown; Chinese by Cynthia

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