Many years ago, a wealthy man went duck hunting with a hired hand named Sam. They took a horse and carriage, and along the way, a rim came off one of the wheels. As Sam hammered it back on, he accidentally hit his finger. Instantly he let go with some bad words. He quickly fell to his knees, asking God’s forgiveness.

“Lord, it’s difficult at times to live the Christian life”, he prayed.

“Sam,” said the boss, “I know you’re a Christian, but tell me why you struggle so. I’m an atheist, and I don’t have problems like that.”

Sam didn’t know what to say.

Just then two ducks flew overhead. The man raised his gun and two shots rang out.

“Leave the dead one and go after that wounded bird!” he shouted.

Sam pointed at the duck that was fluttering desperately to escape and said, “I’ve got an answer for you now, Boss. You said my Christianity isn’t any good because I have to struggle so. Well, I’m the wounded duck, and struggle to get away from the devil. But you, Boss, are the dead duck that is taken for granted as already taken!”

This story helps us to put a lot of our daily experiences as Christians in perspective. Our struggles, trials and falls on a daily basis may well constitute our own fluttering, even as the devil is working round the clock to undo us permanently and get us into his camp. We should never give up or cave in to the pressures. And when you fall, don’t waste time to go back to God in repentance. He understands our struggles and is ever willing to welcome us into His mighty arms. Remember, dead ducks don’t flutter.

Meditation: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. – Isaiah 43:2

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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