Getting Ahead: The unintended results of good intentions

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

Growing up dad always gave us daily chores to do. One winter morning I was throwing hay out of the hay mow to feed the cattle which was one of my daily duties.

In surveying the situation I discovered that if I threw the bale of hay hard enough, I could get it to fall into the feeder from the mow.

The other option, which I had always done, was to throw the bale of hay to the ground, pick it up again, and throw it upward into the feeder.

The hard throw from above seemed to be the best option.

As I mentioned, it was winter and I was dressed to keep warm complete with a heavy coat, hood, boots and gloves. The heavy clothing hampered my motion and the gloves made the area between the bailing twine and the bale very tight.

I have not taken those two factors into consideration.

As I tried to make the necessary spin to get momentum for the throw, my gloves stuck under the twine with my hands in them, and the bale pulled me out of the haymow with it. I fell across a board stall and suffered greatly from the impact.

That wonderful idea turned out to be the wrong thing to do. Two things happened that I had not considered.

The clothes bound me up so that I could not have gotten the bale of hay to the feeder no matter how hard I tried and the gloves made the twine so tight on my hands that wherever the bale went, I was going with it.

Did you ever do something like that, thinking it was the right thing to do and it turned out to be all wrong?

Just thinking something does not make it so. There are many important things that need to be considered in our lives and at times we do not make the right choices.

How do we align our thought processes so that we make the right decisions?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist