Stinkless Skunks

My mom told me this story about my uncles:

Steve and Skip came home one day and placed a skunk in a metal trash can.  It turns out, some good friend of theirs had sold them a stinkless skunk.  They had a pet!

So I looked it up.  Stinkless skunk.  Yep, that is a thing.

I have to admit that I spent most of my childhood believing that my uncles were bamboozled.  The odds of a skunk being “de-stinked” seem pretty rare.  The odds that my uncles would actually get one – astronomical.

And I will let my mom tell you how they found out the truth about their skunk…

We love the impossible.
The adventure of finding that one in a million thing that nobody else has.  What will we give up for a bag of magic beans or a map to the fountain of youth or a miracle cure for cancer?
We say, “My kid will be the ONE KID that…”
or, “I will never need glasses.”
or, “I will make money doing this.”

Odds are – it will never happen.

And I love the human beings for this reason: We continue to hope for that one in a million thing.

We continue to believe.
Our faith has made us.

Matthew 13:44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

I pray that you do not give up hope today. God has a one in a million deal for you – you are going to want to give up everything for His prize.

Jesus, let my hope out-weigh my cynicism. Amen.

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