Doug the Slug

Doug the Slug April 22, 2014

Most nights our bedtime routine includes a story. My two older boys are pretty tough critics, and it’s difficult to come up with something original night after night. If the story is “lame” or “boring,” they’re quick to tell me! You’ve got to have pretty thick skin to tell a story to Cooper and Connor.

I try to tell them stories with a moral to teach them a lesson about life and faith, because that’s the way Jesus taught and it seemed to work, because we’re still telling His stories 2000 years later! One story that seemed to get them thinking and hold their attention was the tale of “Doug the Slug.

I’d been having a conversation with my boys where they brought up things they didn’t like about themselves and things they didn’t like about each other. It hurt my heart to hear them talking like this, because as their Dad, I want them to love themselves and love each other! Sadly, many of us never outgrow those insecurities about ourselves or prejudices about one another, so I told them this story…

There was once a slug named “Doug.” 

He wanted to be more like his friends Gary the Grasshopper who could jump high or Betty the Butterfly who could fly and had beautiful colors, but Doug wasn’t a butterfly or a grasshopper. Doug was a slug.

When Doug looked at himself, all he saw was slime. Slugs, after all, are pretty slimy. Doug was convinced that he would never accomplish much of anything, because of how he was made. Sometimes other bugs would make fun of him for being so slimy, and he would hang his head low while they laughed. 

One day, Doug heard his friends Gary the Grasshopper and Betty the Butterfly screaming for help. The giant spider who lived in their tree had caught them in his web and he was walking towards them to eat them. They were so afraid.

Doug was afraid too, but he knew he had to do something to help his friends. He thought to himself, “I’m just a slimy slug. I can’t do anything to help them!”

But then, Doug thought of something he had never thought of before.

He crawled as fast as he could go (which for a slug, isn’t very fast) to the web, and without thinking about his own safety, he bravely jumped on his friends and started covering them with his slime which made them so slippery, they were able to get free from the web! The spider angrily ran towards Doug, but the spider slipped on the slime and fell out of the tree all the way down the ground below.

Doug the Slug became a hero! He had saved his friends. All the bugs who used to make fun of him started trying to hang out with him so they could get some of his “famous slime” on themselves. That day, for the first time, Doug realized he had been created for a purpose, and from then on, every time he looked down at his slime, he smiled. 

The end.

The moral of the story is that God has created each of us to be a unique masterpiece and He loves us (so we should love ourselves) just the way we are! You are a masterpiece. 🙂

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

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  • Doris Sutton

    Love your story reading it to my grands

  • Elizabeth Fajardo

    Beautiful story! Love the inspiration for children.

  • Kathleen Santos

    Love this story! It reminds me of a cute tale from Max Lucado. I will be sure to retell it to my kids. Thank you for sharing.

  • I just read this to my nine year old. He LOVED it. He had the biggest grin and asked if there would be a different one each night. I told him I would certainly put in the request! So… Would you PLEASE consider sharing these more often?! I would buy a book if you made a collection 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  • Blanca Campos

    Reading it to my kids, definitely.

  • Brenda fox

    Your story blessed my heart thank you. I will be reading it to my son and to the kids in children’s church they will love this and it is truly a blessing I think all people young and old should hear. There are far to many people who look down on them selves for one thing or another but if they would just listen to GOD they would find that they are perfect enough for him because he made them who they are. They just need to realize their potential and how amazing they can be, through Christ Jesus we can do all things. God Bless you and your family

  • Tori

    More stories… PLEASE!

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  • Jackie carpenter

    Will use this in children’s church