Object Lessons

Service for God

Objects: A Snail

The snail has rather a bad reputation in being slow, but I want to show you boys and girls that the snail is not so slow as we think, after all. He is really quite a remarkable little fellow. When he goes visiting he never gets homesick, for, like our friend the oyster, he takes his home with him. However, when he gets ready to go back to his hiding place he can always find it. This homing instinct is one of God's gifts to many animals.

His eyes literally "pop out of his head." You see they are on the end of a kind of horn or antenna, and if he loses one he grows another.

Do you think you could drag a rock weighing one ton and a half down your street? Well, a snail can—that is proportionately—he can drag thirty-two times his weight long distances. He puts some kind of glue, which God lets him make, on his feet and that keeps him from slipping under his load.

There is another important use for that glue—in time of danger or a dry season he pulls himself into his house and seals up the openings, and there he lives safely for
a long time.

It is interesting to note that all animals find use for all of God's gifts with which they are equipped, and I just think this would be a pretty fine world if you boys and girls would use all your ability for Jesus.

Objects: Twenty-Dollar Toad

Girls, do you like to pick up a toad? Well, I don't think boys do either but they have to just to show the girls they aren't afraid of them. We dislike to handle toads because they look so scrawny and unsightly with their jumpy legs and rough warts. But those warts are just his protection against his enemies; they contain a fluid which is harmful to other animals of prey.

The toad is not a beautiful creature but you know "handsome is as handsome does," and by that definition the toad must be very lovely. We hardly ever hear a toad in the daytime, and by the way it's the male that does all the singing, but at night when his enemies, the snake and the crow, the hawk and the duck, are asleep he comes forth to feed on insects and mosquitoes, flies and beetles.

We should never kill a toad because it is estimated that each grown toad is worth twenty dollars as a protector of gardens.

It is interesting to know that Mrs. Toad lays her eggs in a quiet spot just under the surface of the water—two strings of them, like beads, each string containing some ten thousand eggs. Count them sometime!

You see it is not always what we have to do with that counts so much as what we do with the things we have. Maybe your voice cannot sing beautifully for people to hear but your heart can always sing for God, and after all that's a lot more important.

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