It’s just my character


There is an interesting story of a scorpion who, being a very poor swimmer, asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river.

“Are you mad?” exclaimed the turtle. “You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”

“My dear turtle,” laughed the scorpion. “If I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you. Now where is the logic in that?”

“You’re right,” cried the turtle. “Hop on!”

The scorpion climbed aboard.

Halfway across the river he gave the turtle a mighty sting.

As they both sank to the bottom, the turtle said, “Do you mind if I ask you something? You said there’d be no logic in your stinging me. Why did you do it?”

“It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning scorpion replied sadly.

“It’s just my character.” 

This is where change is needed: in man’s character, in man’s nature. Psychiatry has never brought about this change. Neither has psychology or sociology or education or government or socialism or anything else.

Only Christ can produce this kind of radical change, so as to make a person a “new creation.”

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Jessica is an employment specialist for marginalized youth in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys teaching, traveling and observing - especially the relationship between mind and heart. Jessica also has a passion for outdoor walks, dancing, and all things offbeat and authentic. You can contact her at

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