Going round in circles

Charles Swindoll tells of a bazaar in India where a man had some birds for sale, each tied by the leg to a ring which fitted over a post stuck in the ground. Consequently, all that the birds could do was to walk around in circles. However, nobody seemed interested in buying them until a devout Brahman, who believed in the Hindu idea of respect for all life, took compassion on those poor creatures walking in their monotonous circles, and bought the whole lot. He immediately cut the strings and set them free. But those birds, now free from their fetters, continued to walk around in circles just like they’d always done; and just like so many of us do until we learn that God’s will is for us to be free of all those things that enslave us, and that his Spirit within us enables us to actually do it.

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