Today is National Ferret Day! Ferrets are part of the weasel family in case you didn’t know. Some more fun facts: from 1860-1940’s ferrets were used in stores to keep rodents out of the food, the name is from the Latin word “furritus”, which means “little thief” since ferrets have a habit of stashing away things–we still have a phrase based on that–if you save things you ferret them away. One more–a female is called a jill, a male is a hob, babies are called kits and a group is either called a business of ferrets or a fesnyng.
I feel like ferrets get a bad rap for being a weasel– if someone calls you a weasel, it means you are being untrustworthy and sneaky. Ferrets are sneaky, but I’m guessing they are trustworthy to their business. Ferrets are pretty funny, they save, and they are loyal to family. So being a weasel maybe isn’t too bad.
3 Good people are guided by their honesty, but crooks who lie and cheat will ruin themselves.
Proverbs 11:3 (ERV)
We definitely don’t want to be a weasel in our faith though. Untrustworthy to God? Sneaky in front of God? We are called to be honest, reliable and trustworthy, to be like Christ.
But when we obey God’s teaching, his love is truly working in us. This is how we know that we are living in him. 6 If we say we live in God, we must live the way Jesus lived.
1 John 2:5-6 (ERV)
Dear Jesus, Thank you for giving me an example to follow. Guide me in being helpful, trustworthy and honest today. Forgive me for lying and not always being trustworthy. Amen.