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Chanel and the Ducks

by Chrissy Peterson

Galatians 5:24-25 NIV “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

When I see this scene two bible lessons come to mind. The first one I think of is dying to the flesh.

Chanel loves the ducks, not in the way that a mother loves a baby more like how I love a cheeseburger and coke. I can see it in her eyes. When they were little ducklings, she would stare into the brooder licking her lips with a drops of drool trickling down the corner of her mouth.

Now that they are big she gets as close as she can to them pretending that she is not noticing them. Why? Because she knows that if she did what she so desires to do (chase them around with feathers flying, swinging them around by their necks like a live chew toy) that I would be very upset with her.

She wants to please me and obey me more than her desires. She has watched me tenderly care for them. She has heard me sweetly speak to them. She knows they are mine. So she stays in full control of herself regardless of her passions.

Do we do this? Do we choose our Heavenly Fathers desires over our own. When someone offends us do we let them have it or shut our mouths knowing that they are loved by the Father too? Do we binge watch Netflix or spend time in prayer and devotions because we know it pleases Him?

If a dog can be obedient, so can we.

The craziest part about all this is that the ducks are attracted to Chanel. They walk right up close to her. I can’t get with in ten feet of them without them freaking out and running away. They hate me. If they knew what she was thinking they would be running up to me for safety not her.

This poses the next question. How often do we walk right into Satans traps? How often do we toy with spiritually dangerous situations? “I’ll just skip through the bad parts of the movie or show. It’s just fun show no harm done…”. Meanwhile, there is a pit in my stomach telling me to turn it off. Each one of us has things we shouldn’t do but we do it anyway.

Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

Lets be smarter than ducks but obedient like dogs.

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