Only small minds delight in criticism. Satan cheers when he hears Christians finding fault with other, for he knows this brings discouragement, envy and strife. A beautiful little animal, often criticized and judged to be all bad because he uses a powerful, unpleasant odor for defense, proves that this is not true, even about a skunk.
One spring evening a family was in their cabin eating supper, when through the open door stepped a black and white animal. Remembering his bad reputation, they hesitated but finally offered him some milk. Setting a bowl on the table, they pulled up a chair. Their guest, whom they named Little Corporal, accepted the invitation.
From that time on he came for dinner frequently, always displaying the best of manners. if the door was closed, he'd thump his feet or utter little noises. Then one day he disappeared. How they missed his evening visits! Weeks later they heard the familiar thump. opening the door, they found he had brought Mrs. Corporal and six babies!
Assuring his timid family, he brought them into the cabin. Mrs. Corporal, worried, began thumping the floor and standing on her front feet. The little ones followed. Fearfully, the family waited, but their bad thoughts about skunks were groundless. Little Corporal climbed up on the chair and pounded the table. The family quickly put bowls of milk on the floor for Mom and the kids while Dad ate in style.
Frequently the skunks came to visit and enjoy their milk. Not once did they break the confidence of friendship. These friendly animals had no desire to leave their sickening odor in the family's home. When autumn came the little skunk family left.
Don't condemn others. It is not for us to criticize or speak evil of anyone. Remember the friendly skunk family when you are tempted to believe the worst about others. Never spread gossip or hearsay. We have no right to judge anyone.