In Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi answers, “Take your goat into the room with you.”  The man in incredulous, but the rabbi insists. “Do as I say and come back in a week.”  

A week later the man comes back looking more distraught than before.  “We cannot stand it,” he tells the rabbi. “The goat is filthy.” The rabbi then tells him, “Go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week.”  A radiant man returns to the rabbi a week later, exclaiming, “Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat — only the nine of us.” 

George Mikes, How to be Decadent.

Looking for More Inspiration?

Don’t Miss

The Lates From Our Blog

Check out articles, featured illustrations, and book reviews on all different topics related to ministry.

How You Can Prep for Pentecost

How You Can Prep for Pentecost

This was originally posted on May 12, 2016 on https://huffpost.com Pentecost Came Like Wildfire I'm lying on an ice pack early this morning, doing my back exercises and listening to Pray as You Go, a tool for meditation, with monastery bells, music, and a Bible...