A Well-known Storyteller, Author and Inspirational Speaker

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

Heart to heart with Mackie

              Here, on this site, I cannot use the heart language of telling. The spoken word will reveal by inflection, intonation, just exactly what the teller wants the listener to “hear” and the effect is more dynamic.  The energy required to tell a story is derived from the sub-conscious “memory bank” where every word is recorded and the definition recorded along with it will not consist of words. Therefore every word we speak will reveal things not spoken, but plainly discerned by the listener through the spiritual connection which the Lord has in place.  That is why in my workshops I always emphasize finding the right story for the right audience.

            Today, I have prayed for several weeks now about what to say on this first blog, and I have thought of several themes that I would love to write about, what words I would choose to use, since I remain primarily a storyteller, and I have the same motive for telling that I do when facing a live audience.  When on public radio, I simply imagined my audience.  My voice, my words, my subject—everything was meant to have a certain effect on the listener, and by the response I knew whether the bull’s eye was centered.  I plan on making these blogs in the same way that I did with that imagined audience. I will use the same words that I would use if we were speaking face to face! We will allow that this is impossibility, but hope makes the intangible-tangible, and hope is from God, so I place my trust in the Lord and venture with Him.[1]

              I also wish to say in this introductory blog, that my watchwords are LOOK UP, LAUGH, LOVE, and AND LIFT.  So I will be thinking along those lines.  Now to discuss the well known story, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

            In case you do not remember it, there was a man who owned a special goose that laid an egg of pure gold every day. Wow! He loved to place her on the table in front of him and say the magic word “Lay!” You may keep your private thoughts to yourself here, because there was no abracadabra—simply the one word, “Lay!” Then the goose would lay a golden egg for him and that was a fantastic game that he loved to play.  The only trouble was that the rule said, “Only one egg per day.”  Well, he would just have to be satisfied, and that was all there was to it. 

            One day, he said to himself, “Baloney on this matter of only one egg at a time!  All that gold she keeps for herself and gives me this one little egg!  We’ll see about that!”

So, spit, spot, he chopped off her head!  With greedy eyes and hands impatient to get all that gold, he opened her up and lo, there was nothing there but just the plain old insides of a goose!  Now he had no goose and no gold either.  And he had that mess to clean up!

            As my mother always said, “A word to the wise is sufficient.”

Note: The naked truth is perfectly acceptable when clothed in a story.  (An old saying.)

Therefore, the truth of this story can be applied wherever needed for an antidote to falsehood, which is blatantly spread these days from the Father of Lies, for he delights in pulling the wool over the eyes of the sheep, but Christians, remember that Jesus is Truth personified, and therefore we do not need Snopes to guide us, only the Word of God. I like to be an encourager, so let us all be hopeful that our Christian faith will sustain us in the days ahead, and we believe that our hope is centered in the God of our Fathers.

 “the Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him.  (Lamentations 3:25a) NIV


[1] May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 NIV.  (Look Up)mbl

One Response to “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg”

  1. max says:

    Dana Bersch
    March 21, 2012 – 7:00 AM
    I wrote an earlier comment, but am not sure it was posted correctly. it may have gone to another person who was commenting on your blog. D

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