Time is almost up for our 2011 STORIES project! Its the last day to Send a STORY to Inspire, Create STORIES for Life and Connect your STORY to those of children in Kenya. Please consider sending the gift of reading and family time this Christmas!

Here’s one of the books we will be sending this year and the biblical message that will be in the back of the book:

Biblical Message in the back of the Book:
If you could build your own house, which do you think would be best for you? Would you build it out of straw, or sticks, or bricks? Why do you think that?

Why do you think the first two pigs didn’t take their time and build their houses out of bricks?

If you said it was because they wanted to spend all their time just playing and dancing so they wouldn’t have to work, then you are absolutely right! Sometimes it’s hard to work, or study, or even spend time getting to know God. It’s just more fun to do other stuff.

Do you know that God loves us and wants us to be safe? He knows that if we use our time wisely to do hard work or study, that our lives can be much better. This is especially true if we spend our time listening to what He says and then doing it.

Jesus told a story that was very much like this one. Here is his story from Matthew 24.

“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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Wise little boys and girls are like that third little pig. They work hard and study and obey God. There may not really be talking pigs and wolves that huff and puff, but there are lots of people who work and study and obey God and who become strong. And there are lots of people who don’t listen to God and don’t work hard and their lives come falling down.

Which one of those people do you want to be?