I’ve received this email before and I love the point it makes. For this reason, I’m sharing it with you.
The Duck & the Devil
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said, “Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
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 had killed the duck.
Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”
Thought for the day and every day thereafter?
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is …You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven.
He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved..
God is at the window!
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The first month of this new year is almost over. Am I the only one who feels time is flying as though it were a Stealth jet racing through our sky. As each day passes, our news seems to get more discouraging, Wall Street keeps falling, big businesses are closing, mass lay-offs are happening by the thousand, and trillions of dollars in retirement funds have been lost. At a time when everything appears hopeless, hope is available to anyone who wants to accept our Savior’s greatest gift. His salvation. His gift of love. His gift of hope. Will your problems suddenly disappear? NO, They may even get worse but you will have the peace of mind that someone greater than you is in control. For the first time in your life, you will have the gift of knowing–you are not alone, you are loved, you have peace. This assurance comes from someone whose life-savings is less than $50M and receives Social Security but has riches beyond anyone’s imagination.
Let me tell you a true story I heard this week-end. You may have already heard it. The lady who told it was a pastor who gave a sermon on the Hour of Power. She told how the previous Sunday her cat was on the roof of her house and wouldn’t or couldn’t come down. Her husband tried for several minutes to get him down but being a pastor also, he had to leave for church as he was speaking that Sunday. So she went out her in her housecoat and slippers and talked to the cat, encouraging it to go from the front of the house to a low spot in the back of the house. From that spot, maybe with the ladder, she would be able to reach the cat. When she reached the top of the ladder, even with stretching she was unable to grab the cat and bring it safely back to terra firma. She talked softly to it, gently coaxing it to come closer. The cat hearing her reassuring voice, slowly and ever so carefully reached out its paw but not enough for the lady to grab hold of it and bring her to safety. She encouraged it again to come forward. This time, the cat inched just enough forward that she was able to feel its paw touch the tip of her fingers. Time was running out. She had to finish getting dressed, get her daughter dressed, and get to church. This time, she told the cat, “You have to trust me. I will get you down safely but you must come to where I can reach you.” The cat sat there while the lady gently but firmly pleaded with the cat to trust her so she could return it to a safe haven. The cat hearing her gentle, reassuring words, finally came forward into her safe grasp and she was able to carry her down the ladder to safety.
So many times, Jesus reaches His hands out to us, offering us a safe haven and like the cat we are hesitant to trust Him. Today, trust Him. Receive the protection He is offering you. Enter your safe haven.
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It seems at the start of each year, we stop and assess where we are and what our goals for this year will be. If we set goals or resolutions too many times they are broken and forgotten shortly after we make them. Many of them pertain to weight loss, stop smoking, getting a job, paying off bills, etc. While these are worthwhile goals are they ones God would have made for us?
I must admit, I hadn’t thought much about this until today. Not until I was setting my goals for today and I asked God what He wanted me to do. What was important for me to accomplish this day as far as He was concerned? When one begins their day with this question, it is amazing how the activities of the day can change. Suddenly, my focus becomes entirely different. Surprisingly, my day wasn’t spent praying, reading the Bible, helping little old ladies across the street, cooking for shut-ins, etc. However, my focus was on Him. I did read my Bible, I did study His Word, I did talk with Him, I did help a friend take her Christmas tree down; but, just as you probably did, I also did some wash, ate breakfast, changed beds, and a variety of other every day tasks we all have to face each day.
If you asked God, “What do you want my goals to be this year?” what do you think would be His response?
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