Posted by: augsburgland | September 19, 2009

Be a Duck

We have a duck at our house. It is a female mallard, named Billy Jean, that we bought from a hatchery in May.  We have been endlessly entertained with her waddling on by, short flights around the yard and endless chatter. We also enjoy watching her swim around in the former turtle sandbox, now converted into a micro duck pond. Billy Jean eats, paddles around and washes in that “duck puddle.”
When you have a duck as a pet, I think you can better relate to the statement, “like water off a duck’s back.”  No matter how many times that mallard dives under the water (and it is many) and comes up, the water runs right off those oily feathers.
Christians sometimes get doused with criticism for what they believe about their Lord and the Bible and for trying to live in line with these. The dig is sometimes hard to just ignore.
Learn a lesson from the duck. Be a duck. Allow that criticism to run off. Sure, we want to examine closely again what we believe and how we live to see if what a critic says has some merit to it.
Just don’t give up. Shrug off the unjustified criticism and get on with life. For the Christian that means a life of daily repentance. Trust in Jesus Christ as Savior from sin. Asking the Holy Spirit to build them up in the faith as they serve God and others.
That will be all the oil you need for the unjust criticism to run “like water off a duck’s back.”
Let me know what you think.

We have a duck at our house. It is a female mallard, named Billy Jean, that we bought from a hatchery in May.  We have been endlessly entertained with her waddling on by, short flights around the yard and endless chatter. We also enjoy watching her swim around in the former turtle sandbox, now converted into a micro duck pond. Billy Jean eats, paddles around and washes in that “duck puddle.”

When you have a duck as a pet, I think you can better relate to the statement, “like water off a duck’s back.”  No matter how many times that mallard dives under the water (and it is many) and comes up, the water runs right off those oily feathers.

Christians sometimes get doused with criticism for what they believe about their Lord and the Bible and for trying to live in line with these. The dig is sometimes hard to just ignore.

Learn a lesson from the duck. Be a duck. Allow that criticism to run off. Sure, we want to examine closely again what we believe and how we live to see if what a critic says has some merit to it.

Just don’t give up. Shrug off the unjustified criticism and get on with life. For the Christian that means a life of daily repentance. Trust in Jesus Christ as Savior from sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to for a stronger faith while serving God and others.

That will be all the oil you need for the unjust criticism to run “like water off a duck’s back.”

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