Not my Problem

Has someone ever told you “It’s not my problem”. I’m sure most of us have heard it or maybe even used it. This week I would like to share a recent story I came across. This story was simply titled “Lesson for Many” and the author is unknown.  Enjoy.


A mouse, looking through a hole in the wall, sees the farmer and his wife open a package. He was terrified to see that it was a mousetrap. He ran to the patio to warn everyone.

He loudly exclaimed “There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken that was cackling and digging replied: “excuse me, Mr. Mouse, I understand that it is a big problem for you, but it does not hurt me at all.”

So, the mouse went to the lamb, and he said the same thing: “There is a mousetrap in the house!”

“Excuse me Mr. Mouse, the lamb said, but I don’t think I can do more than keep you in my prayers. I’ll be praying for you.”

Then the mouse went to the cow, and she said: “There is a mousetrap in the house! Am I in danger?” 

I think not!” said the cow.

The mouse returned to the house, worried and dejected to face the farmer’s mousetrap.

That night a great noise was heard like that of the mousetrap catching its victim, the woman ran to see what she had caught.

In the dark she did not see that the mousetrap caught the tail of a poisonous snake. The speedy snake bit the woman, the farmer immediately took her to the hospital, and she came back with a high fever.

The farmer wanted to comfort her, prepared a nutritious soup, grabbed the knife and went to find the main ingredient: the chicken. 

Since the woman did not get better, friends and neighbors went to visit them, the farmer killed the lamb to feed them, the woman did not get better and died.

And in the end, the husband sold the cow to the slaughterhouse to cover the funeral expenses.

The next time someone tells you about their problem and you think that it doesn’t affect you because it’s not yours and you don’t pay attention to it, think twice, “he who doesn’t live to serve, doesn’t serve to live”.

The world is not going badly because of the wickedness of the bad, but because of the apathy of the good. So, when someone needs you for their problems, give them your hand or give them a word of encouragement. May you never lack empathy!

In this story, we see that a mouse trap can become a really big problem for everyone. It’s kind of ironic that the one that had the original problem, the mouse, lived.  The problem was more serious for the chicken, lamb, cow and don’t forget the woman.

How many times do we tell someone, “I will be praying for you” when someone needs help. Then you say a little prayer and then it’s forgotten. Don’t get me wrong, praying for each other is a good thing. But I also think we need to take action. But you say, I have so many problems in my life to take care of, how can I help others with theirs.

Most of us do not have the knowledge or resources to help others to solve problems.  But I think there are some things that we can do that will help. We can help others by showing them we care. Try encouraging them by sending a greeting card or make a phone call to check on how they are doing. Here’s one that really works… Instead of saying I’ll be praying for you, ask to pray with them at that moment.  God will definitely bless both of you.  

Christ told us we need to Love one another. John 14:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus loved as so much that He gave His life on the cross to help us with our sin problem.  

In closing, do you have the love that Jesus was speaking of? That kind of love starts with a relationship with God. So, how is your relationship with God?

Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and arose from the grave. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” and in Romans 10:9 tells us, that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; “

Remember that someone else’s problem may become a huge problem for you in the future. 

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I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place where we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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