THE THIRD PIG

My 5 year-old son Cooper, climbed up in my lap last night with three books to read: The Giant Jam Sandwich, Owly and Great White Sharks. Usually included in his stack of books to read is “The Three Little Pigs.” I think he likes it because dad can do a pretty mean “Big Bad Wolf” voice.

As I have read the the story of the three little pigs throughout the years, there are some obvious things that caught my attention:

  • The pigs are great builders. It’s amazing what they can do with a few sticks and a little straw.
  • I’m amazed at how fast these little fat pigs are. They can out run a wolf.
  • I think if the wolf can “huff” and “puff” hard enough to blow a house down, that may be why he can’t catch the little pigs … he’s out of breath.
  • The third pig is obviously a harder worker than his two lazy brothers. A brick house will always take longer to build than a house of straw and a house of sticks.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: The third pig knew that there was a certain kind of house he could build that the Big Bad Wolf couldn’t blow down. Wow, what a spiritual lesson. So, I have to ask myself, “What kind of house (life) am I building?” The Big Bad Wolf (Satan) will come, and he’s going to huff and puff and do everything he can to blow my house down. So, what’s my spiritual house made of? Straw, sticks or bricks? Is my the foundation of my life built upon Jesus?
Jesus told the same story, but with different characters, “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.”

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  1. Tim Archer says:

    I never would have thought that the Three Little Pigs would preach. That’s one I’ll definitely have to remember.

    [I used to pattern my Big Bad Wolf after the one in the old Bugs Bunny cartoon (where Bugs dynamites the brick house, but that would ruin your illustration). Neither my 14-year-old nor my 12-year-old are really into that any moreโ€ฆ cherish these moments.]

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  2. Trey Morgan says:

    Tim … thanks for the thoughts. Who would have thought reading to your kids could produce sermons. ha

  3. Lisa says:

    I love analogies … those are good ones. How about the church being like the three little pigs in that they helped each other (the one who was the smartest used his gifts, especially) and stood together against the Big Bad Wolf? Maybe it’s not such a great analogy after all … that might encourage those of us who are weaker to rely too much on the stronger, smarter ones to pull us through spiritually.

    Never mind, I like yours better. I’ll shut up now. Thanks for the post today. :)

  4. Neva says:

    Good post. I like analogies, too. Not sure I am ready to set my goal to be a little pig but I like his characteristics. i am so grateful for the foundation we have that makes our house unhuff and unpuffable.

    Peace
    Neva

  5. DJG says:

    I have read two different endings to that story, one where the third pig welcomes his brothers as they run from the wolf and another where they are just left out….lest the wolf get in too….

    I think you could expand your sermon..

  6. Mommysmart says:

    Wow! That was great, Trey. Does your brain ever just rest?

    I think that you are on to something Lisa. Who wants to be hanging out all alone when the wolf comes. Besides, isn’t that the definition of ministry – the stronger pulling the weaker through spiritually?

    I feel like reading childrens books now and looking for the REAL meaning.

  7. Trey Morgan says:

    I think I like the ending where the BBW fails to blow the house down, so he goes down the chimney where he gets burned in a boiling pot of stew. Who says there’s no violence in children’s books.

    This is fun … let’s see how about tomorrow we do Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling?

  8. Lisa says:

    “Cinderella and the Ugly Ducking”? I don’t think I’ve heard of that one.

  9. Trey Morgan says:

    You haven’t heard the story of Cinderella or the Ugly Duckling?

    Remember the Ugly little duck that had no friends until he turned into the beautiful swan? Lisa, where have you been?

  10. Ancient Wanderer says:

    Cinderella ‘AND’ the Ugly Ducking
    That was a good one :). Communication is almost impossible. You could do the 3 Pigs and understanding the Bible.

    How about the 3 Pigs misunderstand the wolf and they think he says, “I’ll and I’ll puff and I’ll lower your mortgage now!” So they open up the door and let him in.

    AW

  11. Trey Morgan says:

    AW … I gotta big laugh out of that one!

  12. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Great article. The things we can learn for our kids’ books. Have y’all read, “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” yet? It was one of my niece’s favorites and I read it over and over…I did an article on it last year.
    It is amazing to me what we can find to preach from children’s books.
    Keep up the good work brother

    Bobby

  13. Trey Morgan says:

    Bobby

    Excellent book. I’ve read “You can give a mouse a cookie” many times. I think my little Cooper almost has it memorized.

  14. Neva says:

    How about the Three Stooges and the Ugly Duckling? There’s got to be a post in that one. :)
    Neva

  15. Lisa says:

    My bad. I should have put a :p at the end of my last comment. At least Don got my little joke. Of course I’ve heard of Cinderella and I’ve heard of the Ugly Duckling!!

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (& other related titles) is one of our favorites too. I wrote a post a few months back about how that book relates to my life as a mommy & “housekeeper.” Doing chores around the house for me is a little adventure like the mouse has. I’m off to find Bobby’s post on it. :) Thanks for the laughs today!!

  16. NB says:

    My youngest son’s favorite book is The Big Wide-Mouth Frog. It is about a frog who proclaims very loudly who he is and what he does until he finds himself the target of the crocodile.

    Once he realizes he’s the target, he changes his tune and claims to be something he is not.

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