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Friday, December 29

Remember the Duck?

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.
He was given a slingshot to play with,
but only in the woods.
He practiced in the woods,
but he could never hit the target.
Getting a little discouraged,
he headed back to dinner.

As he was walking back, he saw grandma's pet duck.
Just out of impulse, he let it fly,
and hit the duck square in the head and killed it.
He was shocked and grieved.
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in a woodpile
only to see his sister watching.
Sally had seen it all, but said nothing.

After lunch that day Grandma said,
"Sally, let's wash the dishes."
But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help
in the kitchen today didn't you Johnny?"
And then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?"
So Johnny did the dishes.

Later, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing,
and Grandma said, "I'm sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper."
But Sally smiled and said, "Well, that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help."
And she whispered again, "Remember the duck?"
So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed home.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's,
he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he killed the duck.
She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said,
"Sweetheart, I know that. But because I love you, I forgive you.
But I was wondering just how long would you let Sally make a slave of you."

I'll bet Jesus sometimes wonders the same thing!
How often we allow ourselves to be enslaved
by our unwillingness to confess our sins.
We just go on living and sacrifice all
of the peace and forgiveness that God wants to give us.
It leaves us so that we cannot even enjoy the good that is in our lives.

God knows how we have fallen short of His glorious perfection
and has sent His son to die for our sins.
If we confess them and turn to Him,
we will be washed clean and set free from guilt.
But as long as we claim we haven't sinned
there can only be bondage to our past
and our need to cover it up from ourselves.

He is waiting to hear from you..

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives."
1 John 1:8-10.


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