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Many themes in our story repeat. And this gives us a chance to learn and grow more cunning and wise as we move forward. In many ways this is the lesson we learn from the story of the Three Little Pigs, in which the third little pig was finally able to outwit the Big Bad Wolf.

In the story, the first little pig built his house out of straw and was soon devoured by the wolf. The second little pig built his house out of sticks, which was a bit sturdier, but the wolf soon devoured him as well. Finally, the third little pig built his house out of bricks, which was able to withstand the wolf’s attempts to blow it down. And the story goes on to show how this pig continued to outsmart the wolf’s many schemes, and, at last, it was the little pig who ate the wolf.

And perhaps there’s wisdom here for us as well.

For example, maybe there are certain pain points or threats in our story that function like the Big Bad Wolf. And, early on, without much defenses or wisdom, it took us out. In time, we became a bit more resilient, but we still found ourselves overwhelmed in the end. And, hopefully, we can reach the point where we can not only resist this threat, but can also consume it and transform it into something that fuels our growth and wellbeing. 

But this means we cannot continue being the first and second little pigs. When there’s a repeated threat in our story we must consider our response, and eventually grow into the clever wisdom demonstrated by the third pig. We allow ourselves to keep being taken out otherwise.

In the end, don’t let the threats of the Big Bad Wolf continue to scare you and take you out. Learn from the past, and make what was against you now work for you.


Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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