Stories about selfishness in the bible
The Selfish Giant by Oscar WildeDont you tell me that you have not read this one!
The sign that got trapped in the labyrinth of my 3rd grade mind reading his English Gulmohar was this :
Got burnt into my memory. And that is how I dug this books out of my pensive to add it here on Goodreads - by searching for this sign.
Oscar Wilde knows how to tickle the juvenile readers.
Walls are made to keep dangers out. But if those bricks and mortars start eroding the warmth inside, they should be done away with. The giant constructs a wall, proper with a flashing sign, warning any crossing over onto his garden would be taken care off.
Theres this one line that serves as the evidence for the competence of Oscar Wilde passing off pristine literature to children with deftness.
Then the Spring came, and all over the country there were little blossoms and little birds. Only in the garden of the Selfish Giant it was still winter.
Verdict : Paragon of childhood memories.
Crossroads: The Danger of Selfishness
As you read these stories, take time to reflect on how each person in the story acted. This parable of Jesus gives us two amazing examples of selflessness. First, in his introduction to the parable, Jesus has an exchange with a lawyer who asks how he can get eternal life. This is what it means to be selfless! Then Jesus goes on to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is perhaps the most famous parable. In it, a man is robbed, beaten and left to die on the road, and then he is ignored by a priest and a Levite. A Samaritan helps him - and Samaritans were the last people on earth that Jews expected help from!
One day in Sunday school, our teacher told us the following story. He said many years ago there was a family that consisted of a father, a mother, and two brothers. One day the parents brought the brothers into the family room, sat them down on the couch, and showed them two gifts on the coffee table. School had just ended, and the parents said they wanted to give each son a gift to celebrate the end of the school year. One gift was wrapped in a big box with a beautiful bow, while the other gift was in a much smaller box with no bow. He really wanted the big, beautiful present, but should he choose the best present for himself or let his brother have it?
Selfishness is caring more for you than for others. It is putting ourselves first. When we are not selfish we will be able to love and obey more freely. In the Bible we read the story of Cain. You can read the story in Genesis 4. God had asked Cain and Abel to make a sacrifice of a lamb.