When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

The Snow Man

Encouraging you to learn from the snow man on near a river.

The world can even turn a snow man into something bad.

This post is not a criticism of anyone’s lifestyle.  It only expresses the concept that you cannot please the diverse groups of people in this world, regardless of your chosen lifestyle.

Once upon a time a US congress woman lived with her husband, son, and daughter.  After a big snowstorm, they all went outside to play in the snow as a family.  They made a snow man, just to spend quality time together as a family.

But everyone around them criticized their creation.

  • Their feminist neighbor walked by.  She was unhappy because the family had not created a snow woman.
  • Unhappy about seeing only one snow man as they passed their neighbor’s yard, a gay couple complained about the lone snowman also.
  • Some vegan neighbors complained because a carrot, a vegetable, was used for the nose.  Carrots are vegetables and should be eaten, they grumbled.
  • Other neighbors complained about their racist congress woman neighbor because the snow man was white.
  • Muslim neighbors complained that the snow man wore no headscarf.

News media showed up and reported the family as suspected terrorists, and a jihadist group claimed responsibility for the family’s creation.

So the cops visited the family of the congress woman.  They said the broom had to be removed immediately because it could be used as a weapon.  They also seized all the computers and other electronic devices in the house, just to verify that no terrorists lived in the home.

Being Christian and knowing they could not please the world, they decided to please God and follow his leading instead of worrying about what other people thought. They ignored what the world had to say about their snow man and prayed for God’s protection from the world.

Unfortunately this homespun fairy tale illustrates the sad reality of life today.  The moral of the story is to ignore the criticism from others. You should live your life your way as long as you are not living in sin. Especially if you are Christian, you should not pay attention to what the world says about your life as long as you are not hurting anyone else.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Just live your life in peace with He who is important to you and do not worry about the world’s criticisms!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

What kinds of memories do you choose to remember?

Has your life been anything at all like mine?

Peace means respecting rights of others.

I hope to meet you soon!

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her encouraging children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!



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I love this one B J because it addresses many of the crazy things which our countries leadership has fostered. You nailed it with your last paragraph! Way to go! Thanks for being a voice which many are afraid to use.


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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