Hans was a little shepherd boy who lived in Germany. One day he was keeping his sheep near a great wood when a hunter came to him.
"How far is it to the nearest village, my boy?" asked the hunter.
"It is six miles, sir," said Hans. "But the road is only sheep track. You might easily miss your way."
"Will you show me the way and I will pay you well," said the hunter.
Hans shook his head. "I cannot leave the sheep and they would stray into the woods and the wolves might kill them."
"But if one or two sheep are eaten by the wolves, I will pay you for them I will give you more than you earn in a year."
"Sir, I cannot go. These sheep are my master's and if they are lost, I should be to blame," said Hans.
"Will you get me a guide? I will take care of your sheep while you are gone," said the hunter.
"No," said Hans, "I cannot do that. The sheep do not know your voice."
"Can't you trust me?" asked the hunter.
"No," said Hans. "You tried to make me break my word to my master."
"You are right," said the hunter. "I wish I could trust my servants as your master can trust you. Show me the path, I will try to get to the village alone."
Hans learned later that the hunter was a prince.
A servant came after a time from the prince and took Hans to the palace.
"Hans "said the prince. "I want you to leave your sheep to come and serve me I know you are a boy whom I can trust."
Hans was very happy over his good fortune. "If my master can find another shepherd to take my place, then I will come and serve you.?
Hans went back, tended the sheep until his master found another shepherd. After that Hans served the prince many years.
The Moral Comapss
by William J. Bennett
Psalm 23 -- "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."