The Devil's Favorite Tool Minute
This Minute is meant for Boy Scouts.
a small wooden wedge or doorstop
The Devil announced a "Going Out of Business" sale - which of course we know doesn't really mean he was going out of business.
He laid out all the tools of his trade with pricetags for anyone to purchase. There was hatred, jealousy, envy, greed, and more - a darnright nasty bunch of devices, all for a price.
Some of the tools were pretty complicated items with buttons, spinners, ratchets, and gears. But, one was surprisingly simple. It was just a simple wedge that looked a lot like this doorstop. It was very worn, scratched, and scuffed - and it was far more expensive than any of the other high-tech tools.
Someone asked, "What's this one?"
"That's discouragement," the Devil replied.
"Why's it so expensive?"
"Because," said the Devil, "it is more useful to me than any of the others. Most people can see the other tools coming and stop me. But, with discouragement, I sneak up on them, a little at a time, slowly pry them open, and get
inside where I can use my other tools."
"When someone gets discouraged, they make excuses - and I get 'em. Or, they cheat - and I get 'em. Or, they get jealous of others success - and I get 'em. Or, they just completely quit - and I get 'em."
"That's why it is so worn, you see. I use it with
nearly everybody, because few people know that it belongs to me."
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