Little Jack Horner


Do you remember this old nursery rhyme? It goes like this. “Little Jack Horner sat in the corner eating a Christmas pie; he put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum and said, ‘What a good boy am I!'”

Now, I never met Jack Horner personally, but I grew up with a lot of boys that were like him. You see, we have no evidence that Jack Horner planted the plum tree or pruned it on a regular basis. There is no evidence that he picked the plums when they were ripe. Nor is there evidence that he cooked or even served the pie. All Jack Horner did was eat it and take credit for it. He stuck his thumb in the pie, pulled out a plum, and pronounced, “What a good boy am I!”

There is a little Jack Horner in all of us. We are good at receiving the blessings of God. We enjoy his benefits. But we fall short in the area of credit.

God blesses us bountifully in so many ways. Then we pull out a plum, lick our thumb, and tell everyone how great we are.

Read your Bible. It was God who gave the Promised Land, his only son, and the gift of life. Remember that the next time you are tempted to say, “What a good boy am I.”


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