Four Men and Their Ropes
by Walter Coddington, CRE
(Written for the Transfiguration Confirmation Class of 2018.)
Once upon a time, a somewhat irresponsible man dug a hole for no particular reason. He just felt like digging a hole. But he dug the hole so deep he couldn’t get out.
Along came another man with a rope.
Seeing the man in the hole, the man with the rope thought to himself, “I will tie this rope around my waste so that if I ever fall into a deep hole like that I’ll be able to use the rope to get myself out.”
Another man with a rope came along and used his rope to rope off the area around the deep hole so no one would accidentally fall into the hole.
Another man with a rope came along and used his rope to pull out the man in the hole.
Another man used his rope to tie up the man who dug the hole so that the hole-digging man would never dig such a deep and dangerous hole again.
If only one man with a rope ever came along and discovered the man in the hole, which of the four men mentioned above would you be?
Every man did something that was sensible.
The quality of our lives is determined by the choices we make.
What might the rope signify?