A man left seventeen camels to his three sons. He left half the camels to his first son, a third to his second, and a ninth to his third. Despairing of their ability to negotiate a solution—because seventeen could not be divided by two or three or nine—the sons finally consulted an elder. After pondering the question, the elder announced, “I don’t know if I can help you but at least take my camel.” That way the sons had eighteen camels. The first son took his half—that made nine. The second took his third—six—and the third took his ninth—two. Nine and six and two made seventeen. They had one camel left and gave it back to the elder.
Discuss: Name a major issue in church or society that you think could use a fresh angle, a new way of looking at what seems impossible to solve. Then do the same for an issue in your personal life. Any creative solutions?