Coal Basket Bible

@terri0824 (4975)
United States
August 29, 2007 8:17am CST
Coal Basket Bible The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could. One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?" The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water" The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he Reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!" "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the Basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change You from the inside out." That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image Of His son. Take time to read a portion of God's word each day, and remind a friend by sharing this story. I received this in an e-mail, and thought that it was worth sharing. Do you have something that you would like to share here that tells a story to demonstrate as this story does? It could be true, or one like this one. Have you heard this one before? Share your thoughts of the story.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
20 Jan 08
I know this discussion is very old but I missed it when you posted it and feel it's well worth bringing up again. I've never heard this story before but like many of the other messages I've received in e-mails they always seem to come at a time when they are needed. I needed this message today! I haven't been reading my bible as much as I should and am feeling badly about it - after reading this story I feel rejuvinated and encouraged and plan to go read my bible - coal basket or not. thank you dear
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I don't mind that you brought this discussion back to life. This is a true story of how God has his own time planning. Though I planted this seed 5 months ago, it wasn't until now when you needed it that you saw and read it. For this I just gave you best response. Be Blessed!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Jan 08
Thank you dear - I am going through some difficult times and know very well I need help from Our Father to get through it all - the best place to find Him is in the bible or in prayers, I'm working on both.
• United States
20 Feb 08
I think this is one of the best ways you can put it! and it sure is the truth! God is good all the time!
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Yes, God is good all the time, all the time God is good! That's the saying I have on my Yuwie Page, which reminds me if I don't have it here, I need to check and put it here as well.
@KatieS (504)
• United States
2 Sep 07
I enjoyed that very much, thanks for sharing!
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@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Your welcome....I thought it was worth sharing.
@AmbiePam (45708)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I had read this before, but totally forgot the ending. Thank you for sharing this. It's easy for our minds to be filled with discontent, anger, and bitterness. It takes stories like this to remind us that we need conintual reneweing throughout our lives. If we don't apply ourselves to it, there isn't any reason to go on at all.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
30 Aug 07
I agree stories like these are worth reading again. It tends put things back in perspective of how we should apply our lives.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
26 Sep 07
Hey terri0824, I enjoyed these little words of wisdom very much. It made me miss my grandfather and his ways alot. One thing I don't miss is lugging a coal bucket about. I am so glad we now heat with cleaner kerosene. I am going to send this to my mother I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I have. Thanks terri0824.
@KrauseHome (33249)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I had never heard this one before. Thanks for sharing it. This is a Lovely piece.