Lame Duck!

16 Nov

Patricia T. O’Connor, who adds a dash of humor to her books on writing and editing, shared a favorite story about a duck in Words Fail Me*:

Lame Duck & FlagDuck walks into a hardware store. “Got any duck food?” he quacks.”Sorry, no,” says the proprietor. Duck leaves.

Next day the duck is back. “Got any duck food?” “No,” says the proprietor. “I told you before. We don’t carry it.”

Next day, he’s back again: “Got any duck food?” The proprietor glares at him. “Look, buddy, we don’t sell duck food. We never have and never will. And if you ask me that one more time, I’ll nail your little webbed feet to the floor.”

Next day the duck is back. “Got any nails?”

“We’re out of nails today,” says the proprietor.

“Got any duck food?”

I don’t know why, but that duck story came to mind today when I (Dawn) heard TV commentators talk about the Lame Duck Congress following the 2010 election.

As noted in Wikipedia,  lame duck officials “tend to have less political power, as other elected officials are less inclined to cooperate with them.” A lame duck is “unable to keep up with its flock, making it a target for predators.”

I got to thinking. When do I act like a “lame duck?”

I’m a lame duck whenever I fail to live in the power that is mine in Christ. And when I fail to live in God’s power, I’m living in my own puny, inconsistent power. And when I live like that, I’m a target for the enemy.

The duck in the humorous story was clever and he didn’t give up. If I’m going to live in victory, I need to be just as wise and persistent. I need the wisdom of God’s perspective, as found in the Word of God. And I need the persistence and discipline ~ through God’s power not my own ~ to overcome those things that cause me to limp along in life.

Paul describes this anti-lame-duck attitude: “Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us” (Hebrews 12:1, HCSB).

How do we run? With our eyes on Christ (Heb. 12:2).

What is the sin or attitude that causes you to limp, spiritually? Set it aside as an act of wisdom and discipline, and look to Jesus. He is your hope. He is your help.

And He will keep you from “quacking up” in your faith! (LOL!)



* Patricia T. O’Connor, Words Fail Me (A Harvest Book/Harcourt Inc., 1999), Appendix


One Response to “Lame Duck!”

  1. Sandra November 17, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    I love today Lame Duck LOL. It really makes you laugh and it teach you a lesson.

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